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NEWS RELEASE AND STATEMENT: 

Why Labour Against the Witchhunt supports the reinstatement of Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt as parliamentary candidate for Thanet South
 
In what is a very unusual and highly politicised decision, a three-person panel of the Labour Party’s NEC has refused to endorse Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt as the parliamentary candidate for South Thanet. It has thereby undermined the democratic decision of local Labour Party members who had selected her over eight months earlier. 
 
Just like many other Labour Party members, Rebecca is the victim of false accusations of anti-Semitism made against her. The following three Twitter messages by Rebecca constitute the whole ‘evidence’ against her: 
 

  1. “Accusations levelled at Jackie Walker are politically motivated.”
  2. “Antisemitism has been weaponised by those who seek to silence anti-Zionist voices. See The Lynching, endorsed by Ken Loach, for elucidation.”
  3. “Accusations of AS levelled in an attempt to discredit the left.”
 
Ironically, the NEC panel’s disgraceful decision underlines the correctness of her statements. Clearly, none of these tweets are even vaguely anti-Semitic, but they prove that the witch-hunt against Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters is very much alive and ongoing. Jewish Voice for Labour and the Labour Representation Committee have also condemned the NEC decision. 

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 LAW has issued the following model motion, which is already doing the rounds in a number of Labour Party branches.
 

LAW model motion: 
Reinstate Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt as Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Thanet South

 
This branch/CLP notes:
  • That in December 2018, Labour Party’s NEC refused to endorse Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt as the parliamentary candidate for South Thanet, eight months after she was democratically selected by the local CLP. 
  • That it is highly unusual for the NEC not to endorse a candidate selected locally.
  • That since her selection in April 2018, Rebecca has tirelessly campaigned for the local Labour Party, with the full support of the local members.
 
We further note:
  • That in May 2018, three tweets written by Rebecca for the Centre for Cultural Change twitter account were published out of context by Guido Fawke’s blog.
     
  • The three tweets read in full:
  1. “Accusations levelled at Jackie Walker are politically motivated.
  2. “Antisemitism has been weaponised by those who seek to silence anti-Zionist voices. See The Lynching, endorsed by Ken Loach, for elucidation.”
  3. “Accusations of AS levelled in an attempt to discredit the left.”
  • This led to an investigation by the Labour Party and a referral to the National Constitutional Committee, which culminated in an interview with the NEC panel in December. Rebecca was told that:“In light of these posts your conduct does not meet the high standards that are expected of parliamentary candidates and has the potential to bring the Party into disrepute.”
  • Rebecca has no right to appeal this decision and is therefore considering taking legal action. 
 
We believe:
  • That this decision is a serious blow to the democratic will of local Labour Party members 
  • Rebecca’s tweets were not even vaguely anti-Semitic - but they do point to the very real and ongoing campaign by the right in the Labour Party to smear Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters as anti-Semitic.
     
We there call on the NEC:
  • To revisit this decision and to reinstate Rebecca as the Labour candidate for Thanet South.
  • To apologise to Rebecca and South Thanet CLP. 
 
We further resolve to:
  • Publicise this motion and send it to the CLP for discussion
  • Send this motion to the Labour Party NEC and general secretary Jennie Formby
  • Publicise the public petition demanding Rebecca’s reinstatement
  • Support Rebecca’s legal fighting fund with a donation of £___
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More info about Labour Against the Witchhunt 

  • At Labour Party conference 2018, LAW distributed over 5,000 leaflets and hundreds of Palestine flags, organised a showing of Jackie Walker's 'The Lynching' and held its first ever fringe meeting with Chris Williamson MP, Alexei Sayle, Tony Mulhearn (Liverpool 47), Jo Bird (Jewish Voice for Labour) and others. For a report, click here
     
  • More than 7,500 people have signed our ‘Open Letter to Jeremy Corbyn and the left on the Labour Party NEC’
    The letter, initiated by Labour Against the Witchhunt and signed by Noam Chomsky, investigative journalist Asa Winstanley, former vice-chair of Momentum Jackie Walker, Israeli socialist Moshe Machover and many more, calls on the Labour leadership to resist increasingly vicious attempts by the right in and outside the party to conflate justified criticism of the actions of the state of Israel with anti-Semitism and to put an end to the witch-hunt against supporters of Jeremy Corbyn. The letter is available online here.
     
  • LAW sponsors include:
    • Alexei Sayle, comedian
    • Noam Chomsky, author and activist
    • Professor Moshé Machover, Israeli socialist and founder of Matzpen
    • Ken Loach, film director
    • Ian Hodson, president of the Bakers Union
       
  • Launched on October 21 2017, LAW is already celebrating a success: pressure from members, branches and CLPs led to the reversal of the expulsion of emeritus professor Moshé Machover, one of a long line of socialists and Corbyn supporters expelled or suspended on bogus charges of anti-semitism. Machover is now Honorary President of Labour Against the Witchhunt.
     
  • Celebrated film director Ken Loach spoke at our first public rally on January 29 2018 in London. Click here.
More details and background information on our campaign, click here.  
 
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Stan Keable, LAW secretary: 07817 379 568
Email: info@labouragainstthewitchhunt.org
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