Jackie Walker, the vice-chair of the Momentum group within the Labour Party, has been suspended from the party for a second time over allegations of hate speech. Walker’s comments during the party conference have plunged the party back into a crisis of not dealing with anti-semitism.
John Mann, the Labour MP for Bassetlaw, said:
“Enough is enough. Though she claims impunity for many reasons, Jackie Walker’s behaviour is discriminatory, provocative, offensive and by any standard unacceptable in a modern political party”.
“Temporary suspensions are not good enough, these people must be given permanent bans and no platform to express their anti-Semitism anywhere in the Labour Party, if we are to be serious about opposing anti-Jewish hatred”.
Walker, who refused to resign from the party, found herself snubbed by Momentum after a spokesman said that she would be relieved of her responsibilities.
Pressure is growing on Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Labour Party, to call for Walker’s permanent expulsion from the party for hate speech. Corbyn spoke of the need for tolerance in his party conference speech but Wes Streeting, the Labour MP for Ilford North, said:
“I think Jeremy Corbyn has turned a corner on his stance on anti-Semitism, his language in his leader’s speech was particularly strident, but that good work will be undermined if the party is seen to take a soft touch when individual events occur. “It is striking in the last 24 hours that people right across the party from left to right have been united in their disgust at Jackie Walker’s comments, and I think the best thing to happen now is that she is immediately investigated and suspended and I would hope, at the end of that, shown the door”.
Corbyn’s office has yet to comment on Walker’s comments.