Labour suspends Brighton council candidate Alexandrina Braithwaite over Israel conspiracy theories – Jewish Chronicle

Labour suspends Brighton council candidate Alexandrina Braithwaite over Israel conspiracy theories - Jewish Chronicle

Labour party is addressing antisemitism issue

But despite the suspension, the local partys campaign forum said it is focused on fighting to secure a Labour majority at the city council come May 2nd.

Daniel Gray, a teacher from Brighton, was standing in St Peters & North Laine for the Labour Party.

But a national newspaper revealed sexist tweets on his social media accounts which led to his suspension this weekend. He has since apologised for the tweets.

More politics news: Tory council candidate resigns over Islamaphobic postsEvery candidate standing in the Brighton and Hove City Council electionsNow a second Labour candidate, Alex Braithwaite standing in Wish ward, has been suspended from the party.

The pair are now likely to stand as independent candidates in the May 2 elections as it is too late to withdraw.

A Labour Party spokesperson said: Individuals who are suspended from the party cant stand as party candidates. Due to electoral laws, those who are suspended after the deadline cant be removed from the register, but they are not party candidates.”

Mr Gray said: “I am deeply and sincerely sorry for these unacceptable and sexist tweets. These tweets absolutely do not reflect my views.

This was a very dark time for me, and these tweets were an outlet for my own sadness. I dont remember posting all of these comments. I am mortified by them and ashamed of them and I wholeheartedly apologise.

I care very much about educating myself, championing women and LGBT+ rights and helping to create a more equal society that is free of prejudice and bigotry.

The new complaints procedure allows action to be taken against antisemitism while protecting party members right to criticise Israel, says Arthur Goodman Letters

That is pushing legitimate concern about prejudice into demands for special treatment. Behind it is the tendency to perceive criticism of Israel as antisemitism – the stronger the criticism, the stronger the perception.

The new complaints procedure allows action to be taken against antisemitism while protecting party members right to criticise Israel. The details provided so far show that it is working. That should satisfy fair-minded people.

Between April 2018, when the procedure was instituted, and January, there were 673 allegations of antisemitism against Labour party members. From these, 296 people either received a sanction, from the most minor to expulsion, or resigned when confronted with evidence; 227 were exonerated or there was insufficient evidence to proceed against them; and 150 cases were awaiting completion. Even if all the cases awaiting completion resulted in sanctions (highly unlikely), the total number sanctioned would represent 0.08% of the 525,000 Labour party membership during the period.

One case of antisemitism, or racism of any kind, is one too many, but by any standard those figures do not show that Labour has a serious antisemitism problem. Rather, they suggest that the problem, whatever its extent, is being addressed.

Ruth Smeeth, MP and JLM member, said that Jewish members have to feel safe, comfortable and welcome in the party. Absent was concern that people critical of Israel should also feel welcome. Arthur GoodmanParliamentary and diplomatic liaison officer, Jews for Justice for Palestinians

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