Anti-Semitism furore tips into farce as Shawcroft quits NEC to be replaced by Eddie Izzard

Eddie Izzard: In the name of honesty, he wasn’t giving his vote to the author of Vox Political but to someone called Mike le Surf.

Left-wing Labour member Christine Shawcroft has been bullied off Labour’s National Executive Committee after she was forced to resign as head of the disputes panel in a row over an alleged holocaust denier.

The worst part of this story isn’t the fact that Ms Shawcroft will be replaced by comedian Eddie Izzard (on the NEC – not as chair of the disputes panel, unless anyone knows better).

No – it’s the possibility that the charges against Alan Bull, whose alleged anti-Semitism was questioned by Ms Shawcroft, may have been entirely fabricated.

Here‘s Mr Bull’s comment on the matter:

In June 2015 I had 5000 Facebook friends, many of whom enjoyed discussing a wide range of controversial subjects that didn’t appear in the mainstream media. My habit then, as now is as follows — friends send me posts they think are of interest. I repost mostly without comment to discover what other friends have to say about the article/MEM. When a friend comments, I cut and paste this-complete with their name, and paste above the article before reposting. This stimulates more comments and we all get a better understanding of the subject as a result. The most controversial article I posted privately to friends only, 2 years ago, was a documentary, with the controversial title, “Red cross confirm holocaust is a hoax”. The more accurate and considerably less shocking sub heading of this title was excluded by the screenshotter for maximum impact. As were ALL of the 46 comments, including a short exchange I had with a Jewish friend who commented, “Can I ask the intent of this article, are you denying the holocaust”? To which I replied, “Not at all, just posting for discussion and debate, as usual, best wishes, Alan”.

These comments were removed, to create the impression that I, in some way agreed with the article in an attempt to misrepresent my intention and have me suspended from the party.

Other articles claiming I was anti-Semitic included supporting a petition to reinstate Ken Livingstone and another article which was actually written by one of my Jewish friends!

Interesting to see that support for Ken Livingstone is now taken to be support for anti-Semitism, even though he was not found guilty of any such offence.

Mr Bull’s case is now irretrievably prejudiced due to the publicity it has received.

And here‘s another severely prejudiced case: Marianne Tellier, the former secretary of Labour’s Park and Arbourthourne branch, in Sheffield, has been suspended after tweeting this picture:

Her accusers are suggesting she tweeted it in support of the Holocaust – the slogan, of course, hangs over the gates of Auschwitz. The significance is that Iain Duncan Smith, former Work and Pensions Secretary, visited Auschwitz in 2010 and famously stated, “Work makes you free” in at least one speech afterwards.

Satirists took the phrase and applied it to a Job Centre Plus sign (Mr Duncan Smith, as Work and Pensions Secretary was responsible for Job Centres at the time), making a double point, that he was behaving like a Nazi in both word and deed, as thousands of people were dying due to savage benefit policies.

I can’t say for sure that this is why Ms Tellier used the image, but it’s certainly my reason for doing so.

What we’re seeing is the disruption of due process by unscrupulous people with a political agenda – to harm the Labour left.

Red Labour explains it well, below:

The text in the attachments states:

As socialists, we have to uphold the principle of natural justice, based on due process. If we don’t, it makes it very difficult to talk about either democracy in the Labour Party or the importance of proper, legal protections, under the law in wider society.

We have heard a lot of talk, mostly from people not in the Labour Party, about ways to deal with the anti-semitism problem in the party. There is a sense that if only Jeremy, as leader, was tougher, the problem could be solved. Or, if we just could instantly expel people on the spot, the debate could move on.

However, that’s not the way it works in a democratic party, indeed any party which has any semblance of rights and engagement for its members. The Labour Party isn’t a private company, with a Donald Trump-style CEO in charge, pointing the finger and “sacking” people on the spot.

If it takes longer in these cases, that is because it is potentially life-changing (especially for a lifelong Labour activist) to be expelled from the Labour Party for anti-semitism. Indeed, it is important that all those accused are treatted fairly, and discretely – and with the principles of natural justice (including the ability to get a fair trial) because even being suspended can have a massive impact on your mental health.

What we can’t ever accept is summary justice. As Red Labour have maintained throughout, we acknowledge there are cases of anti-semitism in the party, and that it is a problem. We think it right for anyone to be expelled if they are found guilty, after detailed questioning and reviewing of the evidence, but if we accept the demand to expel people based on a swirl of hatred, we will struggle to call ourselves a democratic and socialist party in the future.

My own case has been undergoing trial by bigotry, of course. Someone in Labour’s NEC (or an officer reporting to it) gave a biased report about me to a Sunday Times newspaper reporter, and I was deluged with hatred on the social media – including messages from at least two Labour MPs, with a third being quoted discussing my case in other national newspapers. There is absolutely no chance that my case can ever have a fair hearing now.

Would you like to read the names of 39 Labour MPs and peers who demanded that Jeremy Corbyn enact summary, swirl-of-hatred justice against Christine Shawcroft, on the basis of her questioning the validity of the allegedly-doctored evidence against Alan Bull – even though he doesn’t have the authority? Here they are:

The letter states:

It is utterly wrong that somebody who defends a Labour candidate who has been suspended for Holocaust denial should be a member of Labour’s governing body.

This is highly offensive to the Jewish community and all those of us who wish to see the scourge of antisemitism eradicated.

We urge you to suspend Christine Shawcroft from the Labour Party immediately, thus ensuring she is removed from the NEC.

You pledged this week to be an ally in the fight against antisemitism. This action would represent an initial step in honouring that commitment.

Before going on, I should point out that, under the current, flawed system, all Labour members who are accused of anti-Semitism have their membership suspended before the evidence is considered – and that evidence is only considered by members of Labour’s governing body. We may therefore conclude that the signatories of this letter want everybody who is even accused of anti-Semitism to be dismissed without any opportunity to be defended by their NEC representatives, or even to defend themselves.

They want to make it possible to dismiss political opponents on the basis of false and malicious anti-Semitism charges, and that is not acceptable.

The Labour MPs and peers who want to pervert justice in this way are:

Siobhain McDonagh
Ian Austin
Luciana Berger
Chris Bryant
Ann Coffey
Mary Creagh
Stelly Creasy
Stephen Doughty
Louise Ellman
Jim Fitzpatrick
Dame Margaret Hodge
Mike Gapes
Lilian Greenwood
Mike Kane
Liz Kendall
Stephen Kinnock
Peter Kyle
Chris Leslie
Catherine McKinnell
Rachel Reeves
Jonathan Reynolds
Joan Ryan
Gavin Shuker
Ruth Smeeth
Angela Smith
Wes Streeting
Anna Turley
Chuka Umunna
Phil Wilson
John Woodcock
Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top
Lord Beecham
Baroness Cohen of Pimlico
Lord Foulkes of Cumnock
Lord Harris of Haringey
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath
Lord Kennedy of Southwark
Lord Livermore
Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale

I have stated that Mr Corbyn does not have the authority to sack anybody from Labour’s NEC. By resigning her position, Ms Shawcroft has rescued him from an impossible situation:

Of course, the only people to benefit from this are the Conservatives. Tory slimeball Sajid Javid was stoking the fires of disaffection on Twitter:

But we’ve all got the measure of him:

What we are witnessing here is an attack against justice, by the Labour MPs and peers named above, with the support of politicians from the Conservative Party (and no doubt many of the others, too).

It must not be allowed to succeed.

Vox Political needs your help!
If you want to support this site
but don’t want to give your money to advertisers)
you can make a one-off donation here:

Donate Button with Credit Cards

Here are four ways to be sure you’re among the first to know what’s going on.

1) Register with us by clicking on ‘Subscribe’ (in the left margin). You can then receive notifications of every new article that is posted here.

2) Follow VP on Twitter @VoxPolitical

3) Like the Facebook page at

Join the Vox Political Facebook page.

4) You could even make Vox Political your homepage at

And do share with your family and friends – so they don’t miss out!

If you have appreciated this article, don’t forget to share it using the buttons at the bottom of this page. Politics is about everybody – so let’s try to get everybody involved!

Buy Vox Political books so we can continue
fighting for the facts.

The Livingstone Presumption is now available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

Health Warning: Government! is now available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

The first collection, Strong Words and Hard Times,
is still available in either print or eBook format here:


15 thoughts on “Anti-Semitism furore tips into farce as Shawcroft quits NEC to be replaced by Eddie Izzard

  1. Sue

    Having read your article the evidence against Christine seems very weak? So why has she had to go?

    1. Shadow

      This is not BS Hilary… This is just what the right of Labour want, along with the Conservatives… & Far right. DIVIDE & CONQUER. Giving a helping hand in defeating JC…

      Stay strong. Just as our soon to be PM has done so for many a year, to fight the injustices of the now Government we have. Stand tall and be counted.

  2. Pat Sheehan

    Wow, it’s all getting completely out of hand: the right against the left: the left against the right: where will it all end? And how? Tears as usual I expect! Smokescreen, all of it: obfuscation on top of obfuscation. Behind the scenes? Business as usual of course! Stay focused! Remember! Nothing has changed! Nothing has changed! Squawk, flap!

    1. Adam Clifford

      I regularly in a fit of anger at the brutality of the DWP,and boy are they cruel,start of a post ‘the Waffen DWP’.The almost bestial cruelty of the DWP easily earns parallels with the nazi abuse of people as a vent and IDS nearly insane ‘work actually helps free people’ really reinforced that association.The horrific cruelty of this tory government,the cruel orders followed by minons to distribute this cruelty and tory indifference to the death and suffering their policies cause has really been an atrocity and a crime against humanity.That it goes unreported to the extent that it is accepted by the electorate is extremely disturbing with tories being voted in[over the dead bodies from DWP/tory cruelty]

  3. john thatcher

    I am sorry Mike,but if Corbyn had the sense to take these people on in the first place they wouldn’t have been emboldened in the way they have.His previous innaction has made a rod for his own and the left in general’s back.

    1. Adam Clifford

      Christine Shawcross,from my limited knowledge,will be a big loss to labour.She seems to have accumulated huge relevant experience.The poorly researched verdict does imply a McCartyistic mind-set is now operating,and capitulation to it.Certainly an Orwellian ring there.A matter of the lowest common denominator here abdicating responsibility to truth/fact and actually insulting people[I’m afraid] by implying that the truth is too complicated for the howling mob with no active moral imperative at large to embolden truth-telling.

  4. trev

    As a JSA recipient I can say that das DWP is certainly like a Nazi organization, and never more so than under the direction of Herr Duncan Von Schmitt.

  5. aunty1960

    Going round the same self defeating circles as in 70s and 80s and allowing people to do it. Those who scream anti semitism or sexism or racism are usually white middle class guardian readers who would not be anywhere near the subject.

    They are a disgrace

    And Ken Livingstone was just stating a fact, it is a bloody historical fact that Hitler did consider repatriation of Jews to Palestine early in his political days of trying to find a solution.

    so we cannot discuss fact

  6. Andrew Moir

    Reading the list sounds like the who’s who of Jeremy Corbyn dislikers club and we all know side of the party they hail from
    Ms shawcroft was an excellent member and loyal worker, all I can say is I cannot wait for fresh NEC elections, still if things get boring we can always ask Eddy Lizard to do a bit of stand up comedy
    I’m not amused at the disloyalty shown to Jeremy from members in the right, mps from the same side and that of Richard angel all who scheme away for the good of “Progress” I’m hoping for some great results in may, membership since chicken 🐓 coup 3,4,5 iis soaring again let’s all give three cheers for jeremy Corbyn

Comments are closed.