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Alastair Campbell: He thinks he has been mistreated.

Sour grapes from the man who tweets as @campbellclaret – after being expelled from Labour for supporting another party, he intends to appeal.

But it’s an open-and-shut case: He has admitted voting for the Liberal Democrats and as a Labour Party member he knows that is an automatic-expulsion offence.

And what does he mean by “hard not to point out difference in the way antisemitism cases have been handled”?

He knows – or should know – that all cases are investigated by the so-called Compliance Unit. People have their memberships suspended while investigations take place – except in his case, where he admitted the offence, none was necessary.

I didn’t see him complaining when my Leftie colleague Kerry-Ann Mendoza revealed she had been booted out for voting Green, before she even joined the Labour Party. That was scandalous – not his own treatment.

And anti-Semitism? I know from personal experience that people accused of anti-Semitism have their memberships suspended while investigations take place. Then the matter can go one of three ways:

Rank-and-file members may receive a semblance of justice, according to whether or not they have behaved in an anti-Semitic way, the circumstances informing that behaviour and the severity of any offence.

If the accused is a member of the party hierarchy, an excuse will be found to ensure that no investigation takes place and the Compliance Unit will refuse to engage in any correspondence on the subject.

If the accused is a high-profile supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, an excuse will be found to expel them. Any excuse will do. The party’s reasons for expelling me bear absolutely no resemblance to the charges under which I was suspended.

And I don’t have any right of appeal, Mr Campbell!

Perhaps he’s right and we should be looking at the difference between Mr Campbell’s treatment and that of people accused of anti-Semitism.

But let’s not for a moment entertain the possibility that he is the one who has been mistreated.

Source: Labour expels Alastair Campbell from party | Politics | The Guardian

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