A woman who was unfairly expelled from the Labour Party while she was running for election to its ruling NEC is to stand as the Green Party’s candidate for Birkenhead in the next general election – and the false accusations against her have suddenly re-emerged.
Somebody must be terrified that Jo Bird will take the seat!
Ms Bird was originally suspended by Labour – for just nine days – after making a self-deprecating remark that their should be “Jew process” when considering allegations of anti-Semitism against party members.
She was suspended again when she was running for election to Labour’s ruling body, the NEC.
Much was made of this at the time, including by the Jewish Chronicle. Ms Bird complained to press regulator IPSO about inaccuracies in its article, and the eventual finding came back in her favour.
But we live in an age of despicable lies that won’t die – and, now that she has been announced as the Green Party’s Birkenhead candidate, they have resurfaced – to derision from those of us who know the facts:
In March, we wrote to the Greens to express our concern that they were harbouring people who had been expelled from Labour for supporting antisemites.
Now they’ve doubled down and made one of them a parliamentary candidate.
This is an appalling decision. https://t.co/5n47I025rm
— Jewish Labour Movement (@JewishLabour) September 3, 2023
The real reason this is happening pic.twitter.com/nCTfTlSw1X
— Stuart Dillon #COYI (@StuartDillon1) September 3, 2023
— James Foster (@JamesEFoster) September 3, 2023
HopeNotHate has to decide whether to keep promoting the racist ideology of Zionism or to be anti-racist like many of the people it falsely accuses of antisemitism. https://t.co/1Ly2dEQ5xo
— Jews Sans Frontieres (@jewssf) September 3, 2023
Fortunately she has plenty of support. This is just one example:
Solidarity with @JoBirdJoBird, a wonderful person who will make a brilliant MP for Birkenhead. I'm so glad that @TheGreenParty is welcoming to left-wingers that have been unfairly marginalised by Labour 🟢
— Stats for Lefties 🏳️⚧️ (@LeftieStats) September 3, 2023
We know why this is happening: the Green Party is in an excellent position to take Birkenhead from Labour right-winger Alison McGovern*, so Labour is wheeling out its old, false, accusations against that party’s candidate.
This is politics of the dirtiest kind. If you live in Birkenhead and you were thinking of Labour before, think again now.
*McGovern beat left-wing candidate Mick Whitley in a selection contest after boundary changes:
🚨 NEW: Jo Bird (who was expelled from Labour for speaking at a pro-Corbyn meeting) has been selected as Green candidate for Birkenhead.
Labour's candidate is the right-wing MP Alison McGovern, who beat left-wing MP Mick Whitley in the selection contest after boundary changes. https://t.co/RPZAYxargF
— Stats for Lefties 🏳️⚧️ (@LeftieStats) September 2, 2023
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