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Black activists petition Corbyn about expelled campaigner

PICTURED: Marc Wadsworth

LEADING BLACK activists from around the country will hand in a 3,000 signature petition to the Labour Party HQ for the attention of its leadership, Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell and NEC Chair Andy Kerr regarding the explosion of Marc Wadsworth.

In April 2018, Wadsworth was expelled from the party after being accused of anti-semitic remarks during a confrontation with Jewish MP Ruth Smeeth.

The petition aims to pile on more pressure after more than 30 Constituency Labour parties from around Britain have sent motion to Labour’s ruling NEC demanding Wadsworth's reinstatement.

It reads: "We, the undersigned, activists and community campaigners call on the NEC to reverse the NCC’s decision to expel Marc Wadsworth from the Labour Party, based on the assertion that two breaches of the Labour Party Rule 2.1.8. [bringing the party into disrepute] were proved at the panel’s [two day hearing] in April.

"We have reviewed the video footage [of an incident at the launch of the Sami Chakrabarti report in June 2016] several times and concur with the evidence in support of Marc Wadsworth, given to the panel by David Rosenberg, of Jewish Voice for Labour, Clive Lewis MP, Keith Vaz MP and Chris Williamson MP. Mr Williamson said the expulsion decision “flies in the face of evidence presented and offends against the principles of natural justice and tramples on the Labour Party’s
record of standing up for fairness”.

However, new general secretary Jennie Formby has caused anger by recently ruling they will not be discussed because she reportedly says it is "a confidential disciplinary matter".

According the activists, this stance is likely to be challenged at party conference because current rules do not allow an appeal against an expulsion, despite a “right to review” being a key recommendation of a report by Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, the shadow attorney general.

Wadsworth’s teams of lawyers, who are confident he has a strong legal case, are trying to negotiate a settlement with the party to avoid having to take High
Court action.

As reported by Sky News, Wadsworth is doing a national #Justice4Marc speaking tour, supported by MPs and other campaigners.

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