Gerry Downing has today been expelled by Labour for the second time in two years following revelations of comments he had made regarding the 9/11 attacks and ISIS.
The Labour Party said in a statement:
“Following further evidence that has come to light, Gerry Downing has now been excluded from the Labour Party by the NEC panel”.
Downing had been expelled from the party in 2015 for supporting a rival political party but an appeal meant that he has readmitted in November 2015.
The decision came hours after David Cameron attacked Labour for allowing the readmission of Downing into the party. Speaking at Prime Minister’s Question Time, Cameron said:
“I have to say that I was completely appalled to see yesterday that the Labour Party has readmitted someone to the party who says that the 9/11 suicide bombers must ‘never be condemned’ and who belongs to an organisations that says ‘we defend the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq’. There are appalling views and I hope that the Leader of the Opposition will throw this person out of the party, rather than welcoming him in”.
The Daily Telegraph reported that Downing said:
“They didn’t blow up the World Trade Centre because they’re bad people, they blew up the World Trade Centre because they were agitated about what was happening in their own country”.
John Woodcock, the Labour MP for Barrow and Furness, criticised Downing and said in a statement:
“Allowing this man to be a member of the Labour Party insults the memory of those who died in the 11 September terror attacks and the British servicemen and women who gave their lives in the Afghanistan conflict that followed”.
Speaking about the Prime Minister’s intervention in the House of Commons Downing said:
“It’s none of Mr. Cameron’s business”.
Following the second expulsion Downing launched an attack on the Labour Party saying:
“I will not accept getting expelled for the outright lies that are now circulating about me and the politics of Socialist Fight”.