Marc Wadsworth responds to a Guardian article’s reference to the incident that led to his suspension from the party, which he is will be vigorously contesting at a hearing this month.

Subsequent to this letter, Asa Winstanly published an article in the Electronic Intifada (11 April) under the heading Labour Israel lobbyist deletes anti-Semitic “conspiracy” claims

I am not part of Labour’s antisemitism problem

Marc Wadsworth, Guardian Letters,
5 April 2018


 

Your article (Why Labour continues to struggle with antisemitism, 26 March) gave the entirely wrong impression that I was part of the Labour party’s antisemitism problem.

It said: “In her report, [Shami] Chakrabarti concluded that Labour ‘is not overrun by antisemitism, Islamophobia or other forms of racism’. She did acknowledge that ‘I have heard too many Jewish voices express concern that antisemitism has not been taken seriously enough’ and said that there was ‘an occasionally toxic atmosphere’.

“One example emerged on the day Ruth Smeeth, a Jewish Labour MP, walked out after a party activist Marc Wadsworth accused her of working with rightwing media to attack Corbyn. She tried to complain at the time and said she received no response from the leader’s office, although Wadsworth was suspended.”

I am not an example of antisemitism within the Labour party. Quite the opposite. I did not accuse Ruth Smeeth, whom I did not know was Jewish, of “working with rightwing media to attack Corbyn”. At the launch of the Shami Chakrabarti report, I mentioned an exchange between Kate McCann, the Daily Telegraph’s senior political correspondent, and Ms Smeeth.

Since then I have had to take several news media organisations to task and get them to correct inaccuracies about this.

To make this incorrect claim about me plays into a Jewish media conspiracy theory that I utterly reject and have never espoused. As a letter that you published noted (Labour must reinstate anti-racist activist Marc Wadsworth, 1 February 2017), I have spent a lifetime fighting anti-black racism and antisemitism. Here is the campaign page that gives a proper explanation: www.crowdjustice.com/case/justiceforantiracismcampaigner/

May I note that, during the current debate, rampant anti-black racism and Islamophobia have been negligently ignored. Why?

With lawyers and witnesses who support me, including leading MPs and prominent Jewish Labour members, I will be vigorously contesting my Labour party suspension at a national constitutional committee hearing on 25 April.

Marc Wadsworth
London

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Extract from Asa Winstanley’s article

The former Israel lobbyist and high-profile Labour lawmaker Ruth Smeeth has deleted a statement from her website which alleged anti-Semitism in Labour.

In one of the most high profile instances of the supposed “anti-Semitism crisis” in the UK’s main opposition party, Smeeth in June 2016 claimed she had been “attacked by a Momentum activist and Jeremy Corbyn supporter who used traditional anti-Semitic slurs to attack me for being part of a ‘media conspiracy.’”

Activist Marc Wadsworth had in fact neither said nor implied anything about Jews. Neither did he use the word “conspiracy.”

Smeeth did not reply to a request for comment. You can read the deleted statement in full below.

Wadsworth told The Electronic Intifada: “I am glad the extremely defamatory statement has finally been removed from Ruth Smeeth’s website as I requested way back in 2016.”

But he said he was “disappointed that I have had to wait such a long time for this to happen and have still not received an apology for being smeared as an anti-Semite.”

And here is the tweet, now deleted from Ruth Smeeth’s page (see Labour Israel lobbyist deletes anti-Semitic “conspiracy” claim):

 

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