Oxford University Labour Club has released a statement condemning the decision of Labour’s National Executive Committee to reinstate Chris Williamson as a member of the party. The Derby North MP was suspended from Labour in February this year, following the publication of footage of him saying Labour had been “too apologetic” regarding allegations of anti-Semitism.
This suspension was lifted on Wednesday, following a hearing of the party’s NEC anti-Semitism panel. In their statement, OULC called the decision of the NEC “appalling and indefensible”, and reiterated its stance against the rise of anti-Semitism within the party.
OULC have previously condemned Williamson’s behaviour; in July 2018 releasing a statement suggesting that Labour should withdraw the whip and bring disciplinary proceedings against him. OULC reiterated these suggestions in yesterday’s statement, adding that the Labour values of equality and justice “must be reflected in actions and not just words”.
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