We can hope that the death threats against Chris Williamson were merely the idle chattering of a few keyboard warriors – but that is cold comfort for the victim.
And how do his accusers feel, knowing that their lies have put a colleague in fear for his life?
For clarity, I am referring to Tom Watson, Holly Lynch, Stella Creasy, Anna Turley, Rosie Duffield, Louise Ellman, Ruth Smeeth, Jenny Chapman, Roberta Blackman-Woods, Stephen Dought, Karin Smyth, Baroness Thornton, Lord McNicol, Baroness Morgan of Huyton, Lord Turnberg, Gloria de Piero, Baroness Royall of Blaisdon, Yvette Cooper, Baroness Massey of Darwen, Baroness Kingsmill, Lord Soley, Madeleine Moon, Kate Green, Ruth Cadbury, Owen Smith, Seema Malhotra, Liz Kendall, Chris Matheson, Margaret Hodge, Stephen Kinnock, Jeff Smith, Chris Bryant, Wes Streeting, Julie Elliott, Lord Levy, Lord Knight of Weymouth, Lord Harris of Haringey, Ali McGovern, James Frith, Lucy Powell, Bridget Phillipson, Pat McFadden, Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall, Lord Triesman, Lord Dubs, Ian Murray, Darren Jones, Alex Sobel, Karen Buck, Neil Coyle, Lord Mandelson, Anna McMorrin, Chi Onwurah, Baroness Taylor of Bolton, Lord Willie Bach, Susan Elan Jones, Ged Killen, Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale, Lord Livermore, Kevin Barron, Dan Jarvis, Jess Phillips, Martin Whitfield, Rachel Reeves, Peter Kyle, Baroness Armstrong of Hilltop, Lord Young of Norwood Green, Ellie Reeves, Baroness Maggie Jones, Rushanara Ali, Debbie Abrahams, Daniel Zeichner, Lilian Greenwood, Graham Jones, Toby Perkins, Lord George Robertson, Baroness Mary Goudie, Barry Sheerman, Tonia Antoniazzi, Ian Lucas, Lord George Foulkes, Lord Wood of Anfield, Cat McKinnell, Ben Bradshaw, Lord Haskell, Lisa Nandy, Gareth Thomas, Lord Brooke, Sharon Hodgson, and Lord Kennedy of Southwark, along with the 68 unnamed Labour staffers who signed a letter of their own that was full of false accusations, as explained here.
It would be charitable to think they might have some remorse but I expect they sleep like babies.
Meanwhile, Mr Williamson has to face a heavily-biased Labour disciplinary system all over again, knowing that the charges available to its users mean he could be expelled or retained according to how the particular panel of a particular day is composed, or how its members feel at the time.
If he wants justice, he’ll have to take this matter to the law courts.
“There were death threats, which I like to think were not from Derby and there was a guy who vandalised the office.
“When you get death threats you start looking over your shoulder a little bit. I think our staff were a little concerned as well. There were letters and e-mails also but I don’t think they were from Derby.
“I went off the radar for a short while because I was incredibly hurt and upset. The Labour Party has been my life and it did have quite a big effect on me emotionally.
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