Activists have spoken out against Sheffield Hallam Central Labour Party’s decision to pass a motion that shows support to an MP accused of a
Chris Williamson, MP for Derby North, was suspended from the Labour Party on 27th February after he delivered a speech to Sheffield Momentum claiming the party had been “too apologetic” when dealing with allegations of antisemitism.
On Friday, Sheffield Hallam CLP, along with members in Camberwell and Peckham, passed a resolution calling on the leadership to reinstate Williamson.
The motion, passed by 40 votes to one, said: “Chris is a target because he is one of the very few Labour MPs who have openly stood up to the witch-hunt of Corbyn supporters and because he has campaigned tirelessly for the much-needed democratisation of the party.”
Many activists have since criticised the CLP’s decision, claiming it as further proof that the party has become institutionally antisemitic.
Luisa Atfield, a member of Jewish Labour, said the motion was an attempt to deflect such allegations and brand them as part of a “smear campaign” against Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.
She said: “One person voted against- it should have been everyone. I didn’t join the party to fight antisemitism that comes from my
Sheffield Hallam CLP have been contacted for comment.