Justice for all Labour Party members – an update

LA4J’s second and third videos have been released

Michael Ellman

Michael Ellman is an 83 year old member of the Labour Party, falsely accused of antisemitism. His is the second of a series of interviews issued by Labour Activists for Justice (LA4J), a group of Labour Party members who have been caught up in the absurdities of Labour’s disciplinary processes.

Michael is an observant Jew. Here he explains his reasons for joining in a legal action against the Labour Party. He gives the background to his story, and why he and other members have been forced to use the law to try and get justice – for all party members.


Jonathan Rosenhead

Jonathan Rosenhead (age 82) is Chair of Hoxton West branch and serves on the Executive of Hackney South and Shoreditch CLP. He first joined the Labour Party in 1962, and was a Labour Parliamentary candidate. From the sixties he has been involved in the anti-apartheid movement; in campaigning around the use of rubber and plastic bullets in the north of Ireland; in working with Hugo Chavez’ government in Venezuela; and in support for the rights of Palestinians. He rejoined the party in 2015. His Notice of Investigation served in May 2020 cited as evidence i) a speech at the February 2020 CLP meeting nominating Jo Bird for the NEC, in which his mention of her well known ‘Jew-process’ joke was allegedly a disciplinary offence; ii) words which were incorrectly asserted to be part of his verbal evidence as a witness at Ken Livingstone’s disciplinary hearing in 2017; and iii) an article he had written in Open Democracy in October 2017 describing the launch meeting of Jewish Voice for Labour (but which of the 3000 words were problematic was not specified). His conduct is being judged on the basis of an unpublished version of the code.

Comments (9)

  • Harry Law says:

    Starmer has promised to follow the 10 pledges required of him by the BoD, pledge No 5 under the heading “Provide no platform for bigotry” states
    any Labour party member who supports another member who has been suspended in the wake of any Anti Semitism incidents should themselves be suspended from membership:
    This must include Corbyn, Jackie Walker and that Lady who was expelled from the party for wishing Chris Williamson “Good luck”. https://labourbriefing.org/blog/2020/11/26/eqg84kupwxapceb3awfhedjms04zkm This is madness, the party has lost its mind. Starmer has taken on board pledge No 6, Adopt the IHRA definition in full with examples without the caveats i.e. “This will not in any way undermine freedom of expression on Israel or the rights of Palestinians”. Starmer is following the BoD pledges to the letter. In my opinion Starmer has no place in the Labour party

  • Harry Law says:

    In view of Starmers abysmal performances and not knowing whether to laugh or cry, I think JVL supporters are in need of a little light relief, the Skwarkbox has just released this piece with Starmer draped in the Union flag, my first thoughts were to laugh out loud and was immediately reminded of the Monty Python sketch ‘Bicycle repair man’ https://skwawkbox.org/2021/02/03/starmers-flag-shagging-cant-even-fool-his-own-front-bench-let-alone-working-class-communities/
    See how he wrecks the Labour party, see how he expels Labour members, see how he talks crap all the time, is it a bird? Is it plane? NO, it is bicycle repair man aka K Starmer, Our Hero!
    Yes! Whenever bicycles are broken, or menaced by international socialism, bicycle Repair Man [Starmer] is ready! Ready to smash the socialists, wipe them out and shove them off the face of the earth, smash the dirty red scum, kick em in the teeth where it hurts, kill, kill, kill the filthy socialists, I hate em, I hate em.
    Mrs Starmer …Teas ready…
    Bicycle repair man.. coming dear.
    Monty Pythons, Bicycle repair man. https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2howud

  • Haim Bresheeth says:

    I agree totally with Harry. Starmer has turned the party into Stalinist organisation of which I am ashamed to be a member.

  • Allan Howard says:

    Off topic, but not entirely unconnected!:

    ‘Social media censorship is currently under debate as the Israeli government is urging Facebook to classify discussion of the word, ‘Zionist’ under it’s hate speech policy. If agreed the use of the word, ‘Zionist’ will be restricted on Facebook and blocked for Palestinians who use the word to describe their daily lives under the Israeli occupation.’


    Link to petition at the end of the article. Please sign and share.

  • Great work Michael and Jonathan! Why are these two not being reported on Newsnight? Last night, Emily Maitliss allowed David Baddiel to witter at great length about a book he has published called ‘Jews don’t count’. To Emily’s credit she did pose some awkward questions as to whether Jews faced similar problems to BAME people.

  • Dr Rory Allen says:

    “Any Labour party member who supports another member who has been suspended in the wake of any Anti Semitism incidents should themselves be suspended from membership.” So if A supports B who supports C who supports D who… who supports Z, and Z is suspended, then Y and X and …. and B and A should also be suspended.

    The six degrees of separation idea implies that thousands of members must be connected by this kind of ‘support chain’ to people like Ken Livingstone, and they are therefore also liable to suspension. And if someone makes a case that such suspensions are unjust, presumably they will be suspended also.

    Kafka didn’t write fiction, he merely predicted the future.

  • Wojciech Dmochowski says:

    The weaponisation of anti-semitism is appalling.

  • Allan Howard says:

    The fourth and the fifth of the BoDs ten pledges are as follows:

    Prevent readmittance of prominent offenders. It should be made clear that prominent offenders who have left or been expelled from the party, such as Ken Livingstone and Jackie Walker, will never be readmitted to membership.

    Provide no platform for bigotry. Any MPs, Peers, councillors, members or CLPs who support, campaign or provide a platform for people who have been suspended or expelled in the wake of antisemitic incidents should themselves be suspended from membership.

    How can the BoD possibly justify their demand that LP members who have been suspended for alleged anti-semitism NEVER be readmitted to the party! They cite Ken Livingstone who, as the BoD obviously know, resigned from the party of his own accord in the end AND was NEVER at any point during his suspension accused by those dealing with his case of anti-semitism. Needless to say, if they thought he HAD, then he would have been expelled as of his first hearing. As for Jackie Walker, she was NOT expelled for anti-semitism – precisely because she said nothing remotely anti-semitic – and was finally expelled ‘for making comments that were “prejudical” and “grossly detrimental” to the party’.

    Now if either of them HAD said something anti-semitic, then surely they should have been reported to the police at the time, what with racism being a criminal offence, but no-one did so (either at the time or since) – ie the BoD or the JLM or CAA or anyone else who alleged via the MSM that they HAD said something anti-semitic. And the reason none of them did of course is because neither Ken or Jackie DID.

  • Allan Howard says:

    In Ken Livingstone’s case – as I’m sure just about everyone who follows JVL knows by now – he was alluding to The Haavara Agreement when he said what he said – ie that ‘Hitler was supporting Zionism’ – which is of course an historical fact (but one that hardly anyone had heard of at the time Ken alluded to it), and it’s not as if he was voicing an opinion about something, whereas Jackie – and Chris Williamson – for example WERE.

    In Tony Greenstein’s legal case against the CAA for defamation the judge ruled that if it was their ‘honest opinion’ that they regarded him as an anti-semite, then they were entitled to describe him as such and say so. Well if THAT applies to the CAA, then surely it applies to Jackie and Chris and what they said, AND also to anyone who regards the whole affair as a witch-hunt.

    And Jo Bird, for example, was suspended (supposedly for saying something anti-semitic) and then shortly afterwards readmitted, so how does THAT fit in with the BoDs demands! If it wasn’t so serious it would be a joke, but you can be absolutely certain that the folk at the BoD and the CAA and the JLM et al have been having a damn good laugh about it all from the outset!

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