Outrage as Harlow Momentum to host Labour MP suspended over allegations of antisemitism

News / Sun 2nd Jun 2019 pm30 01:24pm

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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16 Comments for Outrage as Harlow Momentum to host Labour MP suspended over allegations of antisemitism:

2019-06-02 14:11:34

Another fine mess that they have got themselves into. Sack the lot of them.

2019-06-02 14:22:12

Just about sums it up, a party out of control and rapidly losing its moral compass... very sad and disappointing.. I’ve said it before, but this is just underlines that it’s time for a change ... Something to consider, Momentum, perhaps you could invite Mr Campbell he has some refreshing ideas , as you seem keen to have expelled Labour members to speak in Harlow , he could offer a more enlightened perspective... ? Food for thought..

m ingall
2019-06-02 16:27:51

Dear Mickey and Tired of...., it would appear you have not read the article. As the article makes crystal clear, the invitation to Chris Williamson was not made by Harlow's Labour Councillors, nor was it made by Harlow Labour Party. Further the Labour Group of Councillors has been advised not to attend the event. Hope that helps.

2019-06-02 16:55:39

Dear M Ingall, I fear you have not read my note. I reference Momentum. The comments regarding Labour still stand. Best regards

2019-06-02 20:27:44

I am sure none of us are swayed by Cllr Ingalls comment on this matter. The fact is, Momentum is an organisation within the Labour Party so it's members have to be members of Labour. Therefore Harlow Momentum whose members have invited this MP to Harlow must be members of the Local Labour Party. Seems then that Labour is just as divided as the other "main" Party, if a group can invite a suspended member to speak in Harlow.

2019-06-03 06:58:46

Firstly I am not a Labour party member or a member of Momentum but unless it is cancelled I will be going to listen to Chris Williamson. Why? Well all this false outrage is undermining real debate on important issues concerning the country and Mr. Williamson is an MP who has a voice in Parliament to address these issues and be held to account. Pity that other MP's just avoid doing so. The reason I suspect for many of the electorate to turn away from politicians and politics today. If his views on Jewish people are extreme verging on criminal then Jewish people in this town will have an opportunity to challenge him in debate on Friday. Finally, can some balance be added to the reporting on this issue. Thankfully, socialism is not a dirty word in the Labour party today and it should be celebrated after years of neglect and if anyone can justify calling Momentum a "hard left" organisation I would sincerely like to hear the evidence. Otherwise it is just poor journalism looking for a convenient and lazy tag.

Ol Man River
2019-06-03 07:51:18

20% of Harlow Labour Group are members of Momentum and theyve infiltrated the ruling Cabinet. I bet at least another 20% are sympathetic to the cause. Momentum back Harlow Labour’s parliamentary candidate Laura McAlpine. What are her views? On Momentum welcoming anti-Semites. And on anything actually? Is she happy to take Momentum’s money? How much have they fundraised for her so far? Harlow Labour can deliver faux outrage but it looks like the rot has set in.

2019-06-03 08:39:44

I think Ol Man River has just made my point. No evidence just nonsense dressed up as fact.

2019-06-03 08:58:28

Gary, You stated: "If his views on Jewish people are extreme verging on criminal then Jewish people in this town will have an opportunity to challenge him in debate on Friday." Friday evening is the sabbath. No work is allowed. No driving. No use of electricity. Many Jews - including me - go to synagogue for prayers and the vast majority of Jews see Friday evening as family night: firstly bringing in the sabbath at home (lighting candles, making prayers, drinking wine and eating chollah) and then eating a large, noisy, argumentative meal. This is why so many events that Jews are rightly concerned about are held on Friday nights; it's to keep Jews away.

2019-06-03 10:07:07

Dear Kenwood, I am not aware of Jewish protocol on Friday nights and will therefore leave the organiser's of the debate to respond to your assertion. However, I suspect some from the Jewish community will attend and debate the issue with Mr. Williamson. I will be attending to debate the lack of funding in our NHS, education services, and the criminal justice system. I hope the debates on all these issues are properly addressed.

2019-06-03 12:16:04

I wonder if Laura M has anything to do with this,as she is backed by the main Momentum activist for Harlow, B Haw..........., just asking ?

2019-06-03 14:41:57

I also back Laura McAlpine to beat Mr. Halfon at the next election if the last Labour manifesto of 2017 is used as a template to develop and improve the lives of the people in general and Harlow in particular. Nine years of destroying lives by the current government is enough for any society to take in the fifth or sixth richest country in the world.

2019-06-04 07:32:26

gary get your facts right.we had a tory government since 2015..actually before that it was 13 years of the war criminal and 5 years of the lib dem liars in coalition with the torys, and if we are talking destroying lives lets talk about blair in iraq and the financial ruin gordon brown led us into..anyway come back here friday when the brexit party have wiped the labour party out in peterboro.

2019-06-04 09:04:39

You again make my point for me. Your comments are the reasons why people are turned off politicians and politics sadly. However, let me address some of your points: The Conservative Party has been in power since 2010; The Liberal Democrats did not carry out their commitment on tuition fees sadly; Blair should be before the ICC but that boat has sailed again sadly; Brown did not create the financial crash and repeating his government did is just fiction dressed as fact; As to the by-election in Peterborough all bets are off on the result but if the Brexit party win the seat what policy agenda do they have? Telling the electorate they are not the Labour, Conservative or Liberal Democrat parties is not policy just nebulous discredited rhetoric in the same fashion you accuse the other parties of being.

2019-06-05 07:10:40

brown abolished the 10% tax rate so all the low paid could go on the 20% band..brown sold off the gold reserves when they were at an all time low and even indicating the date in advance when he was to sell them..from 2010 to 2015 there was a coalition government to recover from 13 years of labour disasters...Im no tory lover im stating the facts .the brexit party agenda is to leave the EU as per 17.4 million people indicated.once this is achieved they will return to their box and the country can continue on its new path.

2019-06-10 16:23:26

Gary, you're clueless. The candidate is an absolutely devoted Momentum follower, and has been sponsored by Hawksbee, non-stop for yonks. This lady has yet to make an educated attempt to voice an honest opinion on anything, she just waits for the nod from said sponsor and generally she's way out of date with everything she says, and yes, she's anti Jewish, not surprising for most of us who are aware. Obviously you're not up to speed.

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