For­mer PCC let off the hook

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY DANIEL SU­GAR­MAN

LABOUR’S HIGH­EST dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee, the Na­tional Con­sti­tu­tional Com­mit­tee (NCC), has dis­missed charges against a par­lia­men­tary can­di­date af­ter she was in­ves­ti­gated over tweets about an­tisemitism and a Jewish MP’s “Zion­ist sym­pa­thies”.

Re­becca Gordon-Nes­bitt, who joined the party when Jeremy Cor­byn be­came leader, was cho­sen to be can­di­date for South Thanet in April 2018.

But in De­cem­ber, La bour’s Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee (NEC) said it would not back her over tweets from the think tank she founded, the Cen­tre for Cul­tural Change.

As re­vealed by the Guido Fawkes blog, the Twit­ter ac­count as­so­ci­ated with the think tank tweeted mes­sages dur­ing 2016 and 2017 dis­miss­ing an­tisemitism in Labour.

In April 2016, it de­scribed the sus­pen­sion of Ken Liv­ing­stone over his com­ments on Hitler and Zion­ism as the “re­sult of a cam­paign to smear Jeremy Cor­byn as an­tisemitic, or­ches­trated by the Is­rael lobby”.

It also tweeted: “Has any­one looked into Hitler’s pol­icy on Zion­ism? Might not be mu­tu­ally exclusive with his later ac­tions.”

Writ­ing on Wed­nes­day, Ms Gor­donNes­bitt wrote that the NCC “has found the charges lodged against me to have

been un­proven”. She also said she hoped the NEC would “re­view its de­ci­sion” about en­dors­ing her can­di­dacy.

The Cen­tre for Cul­tural Change’s Twit­ter ac­count also tweeted about what it called the “Zion­ist sym­pa­thies” of John Ber­cow, the speaker of the House, who is Jewish.

As Guido Fawkes re­vealed, Ms Gor­donNes­bitt had reg­is­tered the think tank’s web­site and ac­counts showed no other em­ploy­ees.

She claimed to have “oc­ca­sion­ally con­trib­uted” to the Cen­tre for Cul­tural Change Twit­ter ac­count “well be­fore I de­cided to stand as a par­lia­men­tary can­di­date”, and said the tweets had been “taken out of con­text… to im­ply that I was an­tisemitic”.

A Labour spokesper­son said: “The party takes all com­plaints of an­tisemitism ex­tremely se­ri­ously and we are com­mit­ted to chal­leng­ing and cam­paign­ing against it in all its forms. All com­plaints about an­tisemitism are fully in­ves­ti­gated in line with our rules and pro­ce­dures. The NEC did not en­dorse Re­becca Gordon-Nes­bitt as the Labour Party can­di­date for South Thanet.”

PHOTO: TWIT­TER

Charges dis­missed: Gordon-Nes­bitt

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