Humiliation came knocking at the door of Adam Langleben, the former Barnet councillor who has been all over the mainstream media proclaiming that the Labour Party failed to win that council because of the anti-Semitism row stoked by organisations like the Jewish Labour Movement that he helps to run.
Mr Langleben has been giving interviews left, right and centre, all along the same lines as this one for Sky News: “Barnet was a catastrophic result for the Labour Party. It was the worst result in the country. It was Labour’s number one target and we lost it because people think we’re racist.”
But when he broadcast his dissatisfaction on Twitter – along with an attack on New Left website The Skwawkbox, he received short shrift. Read:
Dear @jeremycorbyn and @johnmcdonnellMP. I lost my seat on Barnet Council yesterday due to #LabourAntisemitism. Right now an alt-left website that spreads and propogates conspiracy theory is trolling me. These websites seem to be close to the Leadership. Please condemn them. pic.twitter.com/2Ksa8TppPY
— Adam Langleben (@adamlangleben) May 5, 2018
Skwawkbox hasn’t mentioned Mr Langleben once in a web article. Not once.
It seems Mr Langleben is the one spreading fake news.
And the general public appear to have realised this. Consider some of the responses to his rant:
Really. I know people who didn’t vote for you. And it was because you are useless. Think about that
— ohNo (@Carolebow) May 6, 2018
If you had spent as much time fulfilling your duties as a councillor and campaigning as you have in undermining the leadership, you would have retained your seat.
Don’t blame the leadership for your poor approach to politics
— Louie Richards (@LouieRichardss) May 6, 2018
you lost your seat simply because the constituents did not want to vote for you… nothing to do with AS the labour vote went up in your area not down, so you should look at your own failures and listening to RW labour who cost others their seats… stop crying over spilt milk.
— Will Never Vote Labour Again **All Lives Matter** (@Isobel_waby) May 6, 2018
1) Labour has never held Barnet. 2) Didn't Labour vote share in Barnet go up 3%? so…….. why would you think, that exactly YOU were singled out?
— One Man's Opinion (@1MansOpinionz) May 6, 2018
How come Shadwell in Leeds with a huge Jewish population voted in a Labour councillor with a huge majority .. maybe you just aren’t much good at your job ..just sayin
— SUSAN SIMPSON #NeverTrustaTory (@smartysue) May 6, 2018
This one suggests the loss had more to do with the words of right-wing Labour MP Chuka Umunna, who suggested Labour was the party for anti-Semitism in a radio interview for LBC. Why was Mr Umunna attacking his own party in this manner?
Sorry u lost your seat …perhaps you should have a serious word with Chuk who went on LBC the day before the election and slammed Labour as a party for ant-semetism…
— Hilzibub (@Hilzibub) May 6, 2018
This one refers to Mr Langleben’s claim that conspiracy-theory anti-Semitism is growing in the Labour Party, and refers to the Al Jazeera documentary The Lobby, in which now-former Israeli embassy official Shai Masot was filmed trying to form a conspiracy to “take down” Tory Foreign Office minister Sir Alan Duncan. Suggestion of conspiracy isn’t anti-Semitic if one actually exists, of course:
Show me antisemitism, define it, demonstrate people suffering because of their faith caused by the labour party( or anyone else).
I will show you an Al Jazeera documentary.
— #FreeAssange . Action. (@Banjomarla) May 6, 2018
Perhaps this should be the last word (it wasn’t):
Now, This Site doesn’t have to defend Skwawkbox – I know its author personally and he’s perfectly capable of looking after himself.
But false, malicious, exaggerated claims of anti-Semitism? Those are my province.
Mr Langleben has concocted a nonsense claim that the row over alleged anti-Semitism in the Labour Party cost candidates in principally-Jewish wards their seats, when in fact there is no evidence to support this.
Not only that, but he is part of an organisation (the JLM) that has been propogating this, and other nonsense claims.
I am glad this was brought to the attention of the Labour leadership because Mr Langleben, Chuka Umunna (mentioned above) and anyone else who is using such fake accusations to undermine the genuine good work of the Labour Party need to be brought to account.
Mr Langleben contacted Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell via Twitter to raise his false accusation and I hope they are making a list of all those who are acting as he has – a list of those to be pursued for bringing the Labour Party into disrepute.
His name can be at the top of it.
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