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Chris Williamson claims he faces Labour expulsion

Suspended MP who said the party was 'too apologetic' over its handling of antisemitism, asks for solidarity amid prospects of being booted out

Labour MP Chris Williamson. Photo credit read: Rousseau/PA Wire
Labour MP Chris Williamson. Photo credit read: Rousseau/PA Wire

Suspended Labour MP Chris Williamson says he’s been referred to the Party’s top disciplinary body, and faces expulsion.

The left-winger’s case was sent to the National Constitutional Committee, after it was referred to a specialist panel earlier in July by a disputes panel on Labour’s governing body, the National Executive Committee.

Taking to Twitter, an account called ‘Campaign for Chris Williamson’ said his referral to the NCC was “a total subversion of due process”.

“We understand this to be unlawful and against Labour’s rules. Legal action against the party machine is underway and a crowdfunder is coming soon.”

Williamson wrote, “solidarity now would be very much appreciated”.

Labour has been approached for comment.

This comes after the Derby North MP was readmitted to the party last month with a formal warning, and suspended again over the antisemitism row.

Williamson was suspended in February after video footage emerged of him telling Momentum activists that Labour’s reaction to antisemitism claims had led to the party being “demonised”. He accused the party of being “too apologetic” in the face of criticism of its handling of complaints.

He was also filmed saying he had celebrated the resignation of MP Joan Ryan, who quit Labour in protest over the row and bullying complaints.

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