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Williamson launches fund to help Labour members who were wrongly expelled

Unity is strength: Chris Williamson, announcing the new fighting fund.

This is damning – for the Labour bureaucracy and the news media that lied about what it has been doing.

Chris Williamson, the former MP who left the party after being wrongly accused of anti-Semitism and subsequently took Labour to court, has been awarded all of the costs associated with that case after he won it.

He will use the money to start a fighting fund for other wronged ex-party members to fight back against the slurs on their names.

But why don’t I let him explain for himself? Here he is:

This is the right time for an overhaul of Labour’s policies – after an election in which that party fell disastrously short of what the public expected of it.

The nightmarish mistreatment of members falsely accused of anti-Semitism is just one area in which the party got it wrong, pandering to pressure groups when the leadership should have been questioning the motives of those involved.

It is one reason This Writer will not be supporting Rebecca Long-Bailey’s bid to be party leader:

Yes we do, Matt Kennard.

Would anybody strong enough like to step forward?

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WATCH: Chris Williamson explains why his court victory against false anti-Semitism claims is so important

Chris Williamson: He was subjected to death threats because of the false accusations against him.

For those who weren’t aware of the significance of Chris Williamson’s victory against “absurd” allegations of anti-Semitism, the MP – still suspended from membership of the Labour Party – has made a short video to explain it.

If you saw the story as it has been presented by some mass media news sites, you might think he lost the case; this is not true, as Mr Williamson points out.

He explains why he remains suspended from the Labour Party, despite his victory; the party’s bureaucracy suspended him a second time a week before the case was heard in court, out of spite.

The verdict, as he states, proves the disciplinary procedure is “unfair, unfit for purpose and subject to external manipulation by forces that are hostile to Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership”.

He also states that the party bureaucracy has “victimised hundreds of lifelong members – loyal supporters of Jeremy Corbyn and his leadership – and they have suspended and expelled many without due process”.

This Writer can personally affirm that this is true.

Labour needs to get its act together.

If you agree – and you’re a party member/supporter – then please make your feelings known, politely, to the leadership.

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Williamson anti-Semitism suspension appeal: see how the mass media got their story wrong

Look at the state of this:

Way to make a hash of it, BBC!

How can Chris Williamson have lost his appeal if the High Court ruled his suspension was unlawful? It doesn’t make sense, does it?

The fact of the matter is this:

Chris Williamson won his appeal against being re-suspended on a charge for which he had already been through the Labour Party’s disciplinary procedure.

This means Labour may not apply disciplinary measures against him over the speech in which he said the party had been “too apologetic” when accusations had been levelled against it.

However: the court said Mr Williamson must go through the party’s disciplinary procedure with regard to a second suspension, on different charges.

At a hearing last month, his barrister Aileen McColgan told the judge, Mr Justice Pepperall, that these further allegations “for the most part concern the claimant’s measured and reasonable exercise of freedom of expression … or are premised on the idea of ‘guilt by association'”.

She added: “It appears from the timing … that the purpose of the decision to raise these allegations now, and to impose a second suspension on the claimant, is to seek to ensure that he will remain suspended even if this claim is successful and that he will therefore remain disqualified from selection in the forthcoming general election.”

It appears she was right, as this is exactly what has happened.

That is a fact that should shame those in the Labour Party who raised the second set of charges. Personally, I consider them to be nothing more than dirty victimisation.

Now the focus will be on Labour’s disciplinary procedure. Has the party cleaned up its act or with the NEC tell the judging panel to find against him no matter what, as happened to This Writer?

Whatever happens, Labour can only hope to cover itself with more shame. Remember: the judgement is that the party was wrong to re-suspend him on the original charge and the court heard that the second suspension was only – spitefully – to ensure that he could not be a candidate in a snap general election.

Source: MP Chris Williamson loses anti-Semitism suspension appeal – BBC News

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Judgement in Chris Williamson ‘anti-Semitism’ court case due TODAY

Chris Williamson.

A judge in Birmingham is to rule on whether the Labour Party acted illegally in re-suspending Chris Williamson on an accusation of anti-Semitism, after he had been reinstated into the party.

Here are the details, courtesy of Kerry-Anne Mendoza:

She is right; he does deserve our solidarity.

You may remember that Mr Williamson’s Labour membership was suspended after he made a speech saying that Labour had been “too apologetic” when faced with accusations of anti-Semitism in the party.

In the speech, Mr Williamson said: “The party that has done more to stand up to racism is now being demonised as a racist, bigoted party.

“I have got to say I think our party’s response has been partly responsible for that because in my opinion… we have backed off far too much, we have given too much ground, we have been too apologetic.”

Amid applause from the audience, he went on to say: “We’ve done more to address the scourge of anti-Semitism than any political party.”

To This Writer’s way of thinking, this is a valid opinion; the party’s leadership and disputes team seems to believe every accusation is proof of guilt.

But some took the opportunity to say he was trying to excuse racism (every accusation is proof of guilt – see?) so he issued a prompt apology for giving that impression, saying, “Our movement can never be ‘too apologetic’ about racism within our ranks.”

It wasn’t enough to stop his suspension, which was ended after a three-member National Constitutional Committee panel ruled him innocent of wrong-doing.

But this led to outrage among the witch-hunters in the party and he was promptly re-suspended.

Mr Williamson has claimed that the Labour leadership was wrong to do this and launched a legal challenge, which he crowdfunded with donations from supporters.

Now the evidence has been heard and the judge will deliver the verdict at 4pm.

This will be an important moment for everybody who has taken part in the witch-hunt against innocent Labour Party members – and for those of us who have been abused by it.

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Help fund Chris Williamson’s legal case against Labour

Chris Williamson.

This may seem counter-productive as I am currently crowd-funding for a court case I have to fight later this year – but we need to stand together.

Chris Williamson MP’s membership of the Labour Party has been re-suspended over accusations of anti-Semitism, in a move that he claims breaches party rules.

The trumped-up claim against him is very similar to the nonsense that was said about a teenage girl by Rachel Riley, about which I wrote an article that induced Ms Riley to sue me for libel.

I don’t take kindly to false accusations. They bring British justice into disrepute – whether in court or in organisations like Labour.

So I’m calling on supporters of Vox Political to help Mr Williamson out – as many of you have helped me. You can read the details of his planned action by clicking on the link in this tweet:

As for my own crowdfunder…

I expected matters to go quiet over the summer, and they have – although there seems to have been an attempt by Ms Riley’s lawyers to engage mine in a dialogue about the meaning of my article and whether parts of it were based on fact or opinion.

As my representatives tried to discuss these matters with them but heard nothing for two months until they filed proceedings with the court, I consider this to be an attempt to waste my money on costly legal letters.

It’s the kind of trick we can expect from people who try to use wealth to buy justice.

If you don’t like the idea of tactics like that, please join your contribution to my CrowdJustice campaign; I need a lot more cash to mount a really strong defence.

Here are the details:

If you haven’t done so already, please email five of your friends, asking them to pledge to this case. If you have, please email five more.

You could also post a link to Facebook, asking your friends to pledge. The address is https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/

If you’re on Twitter, you could tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

If you use other social media platforms, please mention the campaign there, quoting the appeal address.

And if you can afford it, please consider pledging some more cash yourself.

Source: MP Chris Williamson sues Labour for suspension over anti-Semitism – BBC News

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Williamson urged to contact police over coordinated ‘direct action’ threat | The SKWAWKBOX

Chris Williamson speaking to the crowd in Brighton on August 8.

Chris Williamson has been urged to contact police over this and I reckon he should:

MP Chris Williamson, who had to hold a meeting outdoors last week when two Brighton venues cancelled because they had received threats of violence, has been urged to contact police after new, coordinated plan against him at next months Labour conference, also in Brighton, was publicised on social media.

Twitter account ‘willuminare’ asked people to sign up for ‘direct action’ against Williamson, pointing them to a sign-up form (Wayback Machine archive copy here) on Google Forms to collect their details.

However, in spite of data protection laws the form does not provide any details of who will hold any information provided or how it will be used.

Once the reaction against the form began, the ‘willuminare’ account – which says it is run by an “activist for @UKLabour, @CoOpParty, @PeoplesMomentum & @OpenLabour” – was locked, but screenshots of the tweet had been created. Some who warned Twitter users against the campaign were blocked:

Source: Williamson urged to contact police over coordinated ‘direct action’ threat | The SKWAWKBOX

Here’s why the witch-hunters are wrong about Chris Williamson

Outdoor oratory: Chris Williamson speaking to the crowd in Brighton on August 8.

You’ll be aware that MP Chris Williamson, suspended from Labour on a trumped-up anti-Semitism charge, had to make a speech in the open air after Brighton venues were bullied out of hosting him, apparently by organisations claiming to represent Jewish people.

It seems representatives of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Jewish Leadership Council rushed to Brighton to protest against his appearance on Thursday evening. We know that protesters were there, taking photographs of Mr Williamson’s supporters without permission (and we should certainly ask who these photographers were and what they intended to do with these images).

Today, I have seen two pieces on Facebook that suggest the hysteria whipped up around this meeting was not only utterly unwarranted but completely unfair.

Consider this post by Robert Cohen:

“With the President of the Board of Deputies and the CEO of the Jewish Leadership Council rushing down to Brighton last night to stop a speech by Chris Williamson MP, you’d think Williamson was about to call for destroying Jewish homes, or stealing Jewish land or denying Jewish human rights, or maiming Jewish protestors. Or perhaps he was about to proudly reveal he’d been a former guard at a concentration camp in Poland several years before he was actually born. But no, he made a speech about fighting racism and capitalism.‬

‪”The antisemitism case against Williamson is thin and flimsy at best. Personally, I don’t buy it. Unless “Jew baiting” now means not agreeing with the BoD, which in turn is the ‘new antisemitism’.‬

‪”The British Quakers must have been under huge pressure to cancel the Chris Williamson meeting on their premises. Fear of violence must have been a big factor too with calls for protestors to descend on the seaside town. I’m not going to criticise the Quakers as they’ve stood firm against the Board many times before (including on my behalf).‬

‪”As usual, the Board and JLC gets worked up about the wrong threats to Jewish interests. When will our Jewish leaders understand what’s really eating away at our Jewish safety and Jewish integrity? It’s taking place on the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem everyday. ‬

‪”Stand with the oppressed, never the oppressor (no matter who they are). Shabbat Shalom.‬”

What did he say? That the BoD and the JLC rushed to Brighton to stop an MP from giving a speech that denounced racism?

That seems completely arse-backward to This Writer.

If only we could see the speech and judge for ourselves, eh?

Here it is.

Who are the racists here – Chris Williamson and the crowd who came to hear him talk about challenging racism? Or the Board of Deputies, the Jewish Leadership Council and their intimidating adherents?

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Williamson event happens outdoors after threats to hotels – but why weren’t these reported to police?

Outdoor oratory: Chris Williamson speaking to the crowd in Brighton on August 8.

MP Chris Williamson, who has been suspended by Labour amid trumped-up allegations of anti-Semitism, has held an event in Brighton – in the open air after hotels were put off hosting him by threats of violence.

But questions have been raised after one of the hotels failed to notify police about the intimidation its staff members had received, despite having a duty of care to those employees.

Mr Williamson gave his speech to around 200 supporters in Brighton’s Regency Square yesterday (August 8). It seems more would have attended but were put off by fears that they may also be photographed and targeted.

Protesters against the event did arrive and were spotted filming the crowd without permission.

The threats appear to have been made by people claiming Mr Williamson is an anti-Semite and are likely to stir up anti-Jewish sentiment. Prominent organisations that claim to be advocates for Jewish people or for the state of Israel have been accused although, with no charges laid, it seems unlikely that anything will come from those claims.

After the event, Mr Williamson tweeted the following, including an announcement that he plans to return very soon:

The Holiday Inn, the venue originally intended to host the event, had withdrawn after staff had received a torrent of abuse, including a visit by two people who told hotel receptionists that “there will be consequences” if the booking was not cancelled.

Skwawkbox takes up the story:

Staff were traumatised, with one so upset that she could not face coming into work the next day. The men were captured on CCTV and the footage has been viewed by hotel management – but when the Skwawkbox contacted Sussex Police for an update on the case, the force advised that no report of any of the incidents has been made by the hotel.

The Skwawkbox contacted the hotel management to ask why it had not involved police when it has video and documentary evidence and a statutory duty of care to its staff that would require full investigation and prosecution.

The management refused to comment on its duty of care or why it had not yet reported the threats to Sussex Police.

A second venue cancelled the event after a Twitter ‘storm’ believed to have been started by a criminal recently convicted of ‘disorderly behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress’ for his ‘aggressive, bullying behaviour’ toward pro-Palestinian protesters.

It seems an inactive account was resurrected in a clumsy attempt to make it seem a third venue had rejected Mr Williamson’s event, also.

This is a serious matter, involving intimidation with threats of violence – not just to hotel staff, but to people who attended Mr Williamson’s event, and the Holiday Inn’s managers are withholding evidence. Why?

EXTRA: It seems the Quakers were approached to hold the event in their Brighton Meeting House, but also faced threats of violence. Will they report the incident to the police?

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Thugs force MP Williamson to postpone speaking engagement

Speaking engagement: Chris Williamson at a previous event.

Chris Williamson, a Labour MP facing trumped-up charges of anti-Semitism, has been forced to change the venue of a speaking event in Brighton after thugs threatened hotel staff with violence and social media abuse.

He tweeted an email from the Holiday Inn, Brighton, which stated: “Over the past 24 hours, our hotel and employees have been subjected to abuse and threats from members of the public on the phone, on email and on social media outlets.

“We cannot allow our guests and employees to be put at potential harm and we will therefore have to cancel your booking.”

This Writer hopes the hotel has lodged a complaint with the police.

Mr Williamson tweeted that the meeting would go ahead at another location: “We will never allow thuggery and intimidation to stifle freedom of speech!”

Mr Williamson is to face a hearing before Labour’s National Constitutional Committee – the so-called “kangaroo court” that has expelled other members (including This Writer) on the basis of flimsy, nonsensical and trumped-up charges.

He has won the support of many Labour Party members, and also that of leading intellectual (and Jew) Noam Chomsky, who branded the accusations a “disgrace” and an “insult to the memory” of Holocaust victims.

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Does accusation=guilt as Patchwork Foundation vetoes Chris Williamson’s nomination as MP of the Year?

Chris Williamson.

A charity that self-describes as “strengthening democracy” has undermined its own work by vetoing the nomination of Chris Williamson as a candidate for its ‘MP of the Year’ award.

The Patchwork Foundation, which claims to encourage the positive integration of disadvantaged and minority communities into British democracy and civil society, pushed Mr Williamson off the list because his membership of the Labour Party has been suspended pending an investigation into claims of anti-Semitism. This is despite the fact that he continues his work as an outstanding constituency MP.

A letter from the organisation states:

“Our MP of the Year Awards seek to celebrate and recognise those MPs that uphold the ethos and values of the Fooundation; to champion underrepresented, minority or disadvantaged communities in the UK.

“MPs under investigation or suspension would not be included. As such, Chris Williamson’s nomination could not be taken forward this year, as he is currently suspended from the Labour Party.”

Here it is:

What message does this send to disadvantaged and minority communities? “Don’t get accused of anything because the establishment – including this organisation – will automatically assume that you are guilty”? “We will pre-judge you on anything that is said about you”? “Don’t dare try to make a difference because you will be punished”?

That’s what it says to me.

By getting on the witch-hunt’s bandwagon, it seems clear that the Patchwork Foundation has abandoned all hope of running a fair contest and whoever wins – no matter how good an MP he or she may be – will have to face the fact that they may have won it unfairly.

Mr Williamson has been gracious about it:

Some of those who nominated him are less pleased:

What do you think?

Is it reasonable that people should be denied an opportunity to show support for others they believe have been falsely accused, simply because they have been accused?

Or is this an example of Establishment figures clustering together to ostracise the innocent?

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