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Chris Williamson: Labour u-turn over decision to readmit antisemitism row MP | Politics News



The Labour MP who was controversially readmitted after an inquiry into alleged antisemitism remains suspended, the party has said.

Chris Williamson, an loyal ally of leader Jeremy Corbyn, was suspended in February after a recording of his comments emerged, but it was lifted after the disciplinary case against him was concluded.

Mr Corbyn has since faced growing demands to kick the Derby North MP out of the party for failing to show “one iota of contrition”, and a Labour source has now revealed that he actually remains suspended.

Corbyn: Williamson readmission decision wasn’t mine

It comes after more than 60 MPs signed a motion calling for Mr Williamson to have the whip withdrawn for a year under the standing orders of the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP).

Leicester East MP Keith Vaz – one of the members of the three-member National Executive Committee (NEC) panel which agreed to let him back into the party with a warning – also called for the decision to be reviewed.

Confirming the u-turn, a Labour source said: “Under the party’s rule book, the general secretary and the leader of the party cannot overturn decisions made by NEC panels, which are advised by independent barristers – only the NEC has the power to do so.

“Subsequently, the whip is not restored as the decision is still pending.”

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