THE LEADER of Harlow Council has slammed the decision by left wing organisation, Harlow Momentum to invite an MP suspended over allegations of antisemitism to speak in the town next week.
Derby North MP Chris Williamson’s talk “Planting the magic money tree” is scheduled for 7.30pm on Friday June 7th at the Essex Skipper pub in The Stow.
The Derby North MP was suspended after he said Labour had been “too apologetic” over antisemitism criticism and was being “demonised as a racist, bigoted party”.
The leader of Harlow Labour, Cllr Mark Ingall has advised Labour members not to attend.
Cllr Ingall said: “This event has been organised by a very small number of individuals. It has not been authorised by Harlow Labour Party. It has not been agreed by Harlow Labour Councillors. In fact Harlow Labour Council Group leaders have been clear in communicating to the organisers that this event should not go ahead. The advice that has already been given to Labour Councillors is not to attend.”
Cllr Ingall’s words come after the Board of Deputies of British Jews criticism of Momentum organisations for hosting Mr Williamson.
They said: “Inviting Chris Williamson MP to speak is a calculated V sign to the Jewish community.
“This is a man who was suspended over antisemitism having baited the Jewish community multiple times.
“We expect Momentum explicitly to tell its branches not to invite speakers who have been suspended by the party – something they should already know and understand.”
Momentum is a political organisation founded in 2015. It has been described as a grassroots movement supportive of Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party.
The decision to invite Mr Williamson had already created howls of protest from within Harlow Labour community.
Netteswell Labour councillor, Shannon Jezzard and Mark Hall councillor, Lanie Shears, both members of Momentum have both told YH that they completely supports her leader’s statement
Toddbrook councillor Frances Mason said on Twitter: “(This event) not endorsed by Harlow Labour or Harlow Group councillors.”
Former Labour council candidate, Jake Shepherd was very angry: “Any Harlow member who thinks this is a smart idea, I offer to prove otherwise.
It is a disgrace he was invited. An insult to Harlow and its communities. I won’t stand for it and I doubt any other member would.
“To say this is last straw territory is an understatement”.
The following Labour councillors have declared that they are members of Momentum.
Netteswell councillor, Shannon Jezzard
Netteswell councillor Nancy Watson
Bush Fair councillor Jodi Dunne
Mark Hall councillor Lanie Shears
YH has contacted Harlow Momentum and await a response.
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