Black activist Marc Wadsworth was given a standing ovation on addressing the Annual General Meeting of Jewish Voice for Labour in London on 29 April (see Grassroots Black Left’s Facebook post).

The meeting then unanimously agreed this resolution condemning his expulsion from the Labour Party:

JVL condemns the expulsion of Marc Wadsworth from the Labour Party, and the procedures that led up to it, on the back of a scurrilous campaign to damage his reputation by falsely branding him as an antisemite.  We fully support the campaign for his reinstatement.  We note that the decision to expel Marc was based on grounds not of antisemitism but on the convenient claim of bringing the Party into disrepute.  It is a bitter irony that what really does bring the party into disrepute are unprincipled campaigns to demonise members, in particular people of colour, and the failure by the hitherto entrenched bureaucracy to implement the processes to ensure natural justice proposed in the Chakrabarti report.

We demand justice for Marc and the rapid adoption of speedy, fair and transparent disciplinary procedures.

A full report of the AGM will be posted shortly