To add to Jeremy Corbyn’s troubles this week, the Chief of the Labour Party Disputes Committee has today resigned after it emerged she opposed the suspension of a council candidate accused of Holocaust denial.
Christine Shawcroft sent an email backing the reinstatement of Alan Bull, who had been due to stand in local elections in Peterborough in May.
However, it was apparent that she ignored his deeply anti-semitic and “abhorrent” Facebook Posts that led to his suspension.
Ms Shawcroft initially defended Mr Bull as said she was “concerned” to hear about the suspension of Mr Bull for “a Facebook post taken completely out of context and alleged to show anti-Semitism”.
It seems perhaps that she was unaware of how offensive they are or apparently she herself didn’t think these posts were anti-semitic at all.
Ms Shawcroft – a director of the pro-Corbyn Momentum group – only became the head of the disputes committee, which investigates allegations of sexual harassment, anti-Semitism and disciplinary breaches, in January.
She defended herself on Wednesday night saying that :
“I sent this email before being aware of the full information about this case and I had not been shown the image of his abhorrent Facebook post. Had I seen this image, I would not have requested that the decision to suspend him be re-considered. I am deeply sorry for having done so.”
But is this one too many times for the Labour Party?
Jeremy Corbyn, who has faced criticism for questioning the removal of a mural that was branded anti-Semitic in 2012, said: “I’m not an anti-Semite in any way, never have been, never will be.” But he seems unable to squash rumours or create discipline amongst the anti-semites in his own party.
On Wednesday evening, the Board of Deputies wrote to Mr Corbyn calling on him to disown supporters who had “vilified” the anti-Semitism protesters.
“Nobody should be vilified for opposing anti-Semitism. Those Labour Party members and Labour-supporting blogs pushing the abuse are largely doing so in your name,” the letter said.