You thought this was about me, didn’t you?
Sorry to disappoint, but this is about someone who, it appears, may have genuinely suggested that the Holocaust was a hoax.
That being said, Alan Bull’s claim that the accusations took his Facebook postings out of context chimes right – that’s the way with many false, malicious and opportunistic claims of anti-Semitism.
It doesn’t mean he’s innocent; it means Labour Party investigators need to look at the original posts.
If Ms Shawcroft had done so, she might not have made the comments that led to her resignation (or did Jeremy Corbyn really tell her to quit, as some are suggesting?) – or she might have had the evidence she needed to prove herself right.
In these matters, context is everything. That’s why so many false accusations are stripped of context, or doctored to create a completely false impression. Without seeing the original posts, it’s impossible to know the facts of the matter.
Now, it seems timing is equally important.
Would Ms Shawcroft have been forced out if the latest anti-Semitism row had not happened last weekend?
It did happen, her email was publicised by some unscrupulous Labour source, and she was out of time.
Well, Labour is likely to (finally) enact the recommendations of the Chakrabarti report, bringing a level of transparency and even, possibly, legality to its dispute resolution process. So we may hope the removal of Ms Shawcroft will have achieved nothing for those who engineered it.
Mr Ball will likely see his case handled under the new process – let’s face it, the current one is cripplingly slow – and we’ll find out what was going on with Mr Ball, one way or the other.
And of course we now have further proof that Labour is leaking like a sieve because it has at least one traitor working at the highest level. The party needs to identify this person.
Fortunately, the more they leak, the easier it will be to find them.
Labour’s disputes chief resigned tonight after asking for a council candidate embroiled in a “Holocaust denial” row to be let back into the party.
Christine Shawcroft said she was “deeply sorry” for her comments as she quit as head of the party’s powerful disputes panel.
It emerged Ms Shawcroft sent an e-mail, which was leaked to The Times, asking party officials to reinstate Peterborough council candidate Alan Bull.
Mr Bull was suspended after a screenshot apparently showed he had shared an article on Facebook called: “International Red Cross Report Confirms the Holocaust of Six Million Jews is a Hoax.”
But in the leaked e-mail Ms Shawcroft wrote she was “concerned” about Mr Bull’s suspension, adding the original Facebook post was “taken completely out of context and alleged to show anti-Semitism”.
In her e-mail Ms Shawcroft also suggested “partisan” disputes were “wasting a great deal of staff time.”
She said it was received by the party almost a year earlier yet Mr Bull was suspended “just in time” to stop him standing in the local elections.
She added: “As it is hardly Mr Bull’s fault if the party has sat on the complaint for months without investigation, I think we should reinstate his membership and allow him to contest [the election].”
A Labour source confirmed the e-mail was genuine.
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