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Has ‘factional intrigue’ blocked this former Labour MP from standing to represent her community?

Emma Dent Coad, the former Labour MP for Kensington.

Former Kensington and Chelsea MP Emma Dent Coad has been blocked from standing to represent the constituency again. According to her, this is due to “factional intrigue” in the Labour Party.

In a statement, the former MP has said trade union backing should have seen her longlisted in the selection process, but the candidate selection process is now being factionally abused and is not fit for purpose.

This Writer recalls her outspokenness on behalf of the people of Kensington after the inferno that rendered Grenfell Tower uninhabitable – a fire that was entirely preventable, caused by the installation of entirely unsuitable cladding.

Here’s her statement:

“I am devastated that the Labour Party has blocked me from standing to once again represent my community in Parliament, the community I have spent the last 20 years of my life fighting for. At the same time, I am angry that local members and our local community in Kensington have been denied the opportunity to vote in a free and fair contest, which has been sacrificed for the sake of factional intrigue.

“This campaign has never been about me. I stood to offer dedicated representation for the people of Kensington in Parliament, from someone who knows and cares for our communities. From my role as local councillor and Labour Group leader, to my campaigning efforts as Kensington’s MP on housing issues so dear to our hearts, I have only ever sought the chance to champion our people, whose voices all too often go unheard.

“If I have been outspoken in my politics, it is due to my passion and care for Kensington – for my neighbours and friends – and because of my burning desire to stamp out injustice and build a fairer, more equal society. Upsettingly, unaccountable Labour officials have exploited this outspokenness to unjustly prevent me from standing for the seat I won just five years ago, the seat I came agonisingly close to holding even in 2019, despite the trade union backing which should have seen me longlisted automatically. It is plan as day that the candidate selection process now being run by the Party is being factionally abused and is not fit for purpose.

“I deplore injustice, and through my 16 years on the Council, various reports and my recent book, ‘One Kensington’, I have done my utmost not only to draw attention to the very real inequalities in our community but to actively fight it, from the council chamber to the House of Commons. Above all, my driving ambition has been to combat the inequality which scars our community, the systematic disregard for working-class people which led to the atrocity of the Grenfell Tower fire, and which has led many to lose faith with the political process.

“These people deserve and need representation in Parliament. I hope that Labour’s eventual candidate will gain the respect and trust of all communities in Kensington. It won’t be easy.”

The Guardian reports that the former MP, who was a member of the Socialist Campaign Group, the Corbyn-loyal wing of the parliamentary Labour party, was the target of a number of stories in the tabloids during her time as an MP:

They included a string of stories on the London mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey whom she had called a “token ghetto boy” and “scumbag”.

Labour sources said Dent Coad had been served with a “due diligence” dossier and met with officials on Friday evening. As well as some of the tabloid news stories about Dent Coad’s criticism of Conservatives and the royal family, officials expressed concern that Dent Coad had spoken at Stop the War Coalition demonstrations, though the group has not been officially proscribed.

So: hearsay and activity that is not prohibited. That’s not a good look for Labour officials.

A Labour source said that selection procedures were stringent and involved high levels of due diligence. “It’s right that the Labour party expects prospective MPs to uphold the highest standards. Under Keir’s leadership that’s not going to change,” the source said.

The report goes on to state that the exclusion is one of a number where leftwingers have been excluded from a list of candidates:

Maurice McLeod, a Labour councillor and longstanding anti-racism campaigner, said he had been disallowed from contesting the Camberwell and Peckham seat.

In Sedgefield, the seat of former prime minister Tony Blair that Labour lost to the Tories in 2019, 13 constituency officials resigned in protest after the CLP chair was blocked from standing after making a series of critical social media comments about Starmer. The candidate, Paul Daly, has resigned from the party.

Earlier this week, Sam Tarry, the MP for Ilford South, was deselected by his local party in favour of the Redbridge council leader, Jas Athwal, in the culmination of a long-running local dispute.

It seems the frontrunner to be Labour’s candidate for the seat at the next general election is Mete Coban, a youth campaigner from Hackney who founded the My Life My Say campaign.

Source: Labour blocks ex-Kensington MP Emma Dent Coad from running at next election | Labour | The Guardian

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Why was I reported to #Twitter over #EmmaWatson’s support for #Palestine?

Emma Watson: she’s the United Nations Women’s Goodwill Ambassador, so it must be hugely embarrassing for that organisation that any nation’s ambassador to it has accused her of anti-Semitism, especially on such specious grounds as Danny Danon has.

I had a curious email from Twitter yesterday.

Twitter is required by German law to provide notice to users who are reported by people from Germany via the Network Enforcement Act reporting flow.

We have received a complaint regarding your account, @MidWalesMike, for the following content:

@xxxxxxxxxxxx @xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx @EmmaWatson Right-wing apartheid-supporting Israelis. While there’s nothing wrong with your description, it’s Israel & it’s Zionism that’s the problem so better to put pressure there.

We have investigated the reported content and have found that it is not subject to removal under the Twitter Rules (https://support.twitter.com/articles/18311) or German law.

Interesting, isn’t it?

I had been responding to a tweet by Israel’s former ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, attacking actress, UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador and international treasure Emma Watson for daring to show support for the people of Palestine:

(Some might argue that “solidarity” isn’t a verb but the intention behind the statement is clearly about the act of showing solidarity with a cause, or a people who are oppressed. I’m happy to clear that up here and now.)

Danon’s attempt at wit backfired massively, provoking outrage in the wider community. Here’s just one example.

This Writer was among those who responded with support for the actress and goodwill ambassador: “Let’s have some #solidarity with @EmmaWatson who is NOT an anti-Semite for supporting the people of Palestine in their struggle to survive persecution by a hostile invading state,” I tweeted.

One fellow Twitter user then responded: “I’ve reported him to twitter, we all should! I’m so fed up with these right wing apartheid supporting Jews who think they can get away with anything and never look at their own behaviour!”

While I agreed with the sentiment fueling the decision to report Danon, I felt it necessary to point out that the comment was open to misinterpretation by the people and groups that have been making false accusations of anti-Semitism for the past six years or more. So I wrote the tweet forming the basis of the apparent complaint to Twitter.

I then received a comment from a user in Germany, which I can’t reproduce here because it has mysteriously disappeared!

If I recall correctly, it expressed discomfort with my observation that Israel and Zionism were harmful to Palestinians.

Next thing I knew, I received the email from Twitter.

You may be wondering why I am writing about any of this.

I’ll tell you.

It seems to me that, with 28 million followers on Twitter, Emma Watson isn’t going to be particularly bothered by some lame denunciation from a has-been politico. And this multi-millionaire movie star certainly has the cash to see off any legal challenge to her comments.

So it seems to me that this attempt to attack me was, for the anti-Semitism scammers (see #ItWasAScam on Twitter), the next-best thing: attack her supporters and have them silenced.

Didn’t work though, did it?

But now I wonder how many other people were treated a similar way.

And how does Emma Watson feel about anyone being attacked, just for supporting her?

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Normalising racism: Abbott attacked for highlighting Farage’s hypocrisy over Raducanu

Raducanu: she won the US Open so the racists in UK politics are happy to let this Romanian-heritage teenager be British. What would they have called her if she had lost?

The BBC really is contemptible these days.

Its daily Politics Live programme has just taken time out to criticise Diane Abbott for making a perfectly reasonable point.

After Emma Raducanu won the US Open Ladies Singles tennis final, Nigel Farage was among the many who praised her up.

But arch Brexiter Farage, while campaigning for the UK to leave the European Union, had previously stated that he would not want a Romanian living next door to him.

Ms Raducanu’s heritage is Romanian.

So Ms Abbott was absolutely right to make this point:

And she’s not the only one pointing out the hypocrisy:

The verdict on Politics Live?

Led by host Jo Coburn, guests united to say that Farage’s words were in the past and that it is wrong to use a sporting even to score political points.

So it’s fine for politicians like Boris Johnson (and, indeed, Farage) to make hay when sportspeople representing the UK do well – no matter that they personally have expressed racist views that constitute abuse against individuals among those sportspeople in the past?

I don’t think so!

The whole disgrace was encapsulated in a tweet before Ms Raducanu’s victory (that I didn’t save, sadly).

It said that, depending on the result, the Daily Mail would tell us whether she was British or not.

And it’s a good point.

Would these creepy politicians be quite so keen to let bygones be bygones if Ms Raducanu had not won?

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