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Mike Sivier (right) with the late, great Tony Benn.

It has taken more than 18 months but at last This Writer will be given the opportunity to explain why accusations of anti-Semitism, made against me by the Labour Party, are a lot of hysterical nonsense.

A disciplinary hearing involving a panel of National Constitutional Committee members will be held on November 13, at a venue in Mid Wales. The NCC was forced to come to me because I am a carer and must be near Mrs Mike, in line with the “reasonable adjustments” described in the Equality Act 2010.

Labour’s charge against me is that I have “repeatedly” posted articles on This Site that support the false claim that there is an “international conspiracy of Jews” that “control and have undue influence over government and other societal institutions”.

Of course I have never suggested any such thing.

Those of you who follow the social media will note the irony of such a matter being discussed so soon after the President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews was exposed as having made exactly such a suggestion herself.

The Jewish Chronicle quoted a source who said: “In what world do you use the words ‘Jewish community’ and ‘power’ in the same sentence?

“The community has spent months highlighting antisemitic tropes and then the President of the Board of Deputies herself says Jews have power which they learn how to use.

“I don’t know what’s worse — that this was a spur of the moment comment or that it was actually planned?”

I doubt Marie van der Zyl is a member of the Labour Party but look forward to seeing Labour refusing to deal with her on the grounds that she is an anti-Semite.

The charge against me is supported by seven “particulars” – the actual details on which the case will be judged – five of which have no relation to the stated accusation.

I can’t go into further details now.

But my case has already been discussed widely. Labour’s NEC already found me guilty, at a meeting to which I was not invited and based on false evidence that was leaked to a national newspaper after I refused to accept the verdict. Needless to say, several of the papers who published that story have been penalised after I complained to the press regulator, IPSO.

I relish the opportunity to set the record straight, once and for all.

Afterwards, I intend to take legal action – that’s court procedures, for those including the member of the Campaign Against Antisemitism who suggested I had been considering illegal action – against those people and organisations who have tarnished my good name with these smears for more than a year and a half.

I am not a rich man, so I have launched a crowdfunding scheme that appeals for supporters and members of the public to support my bid for justice with a donation – large or small, I don’t mind.

Please visit my JustGiving site if you can help.

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