Labour activist expelled after verbal attack on MP at anti-Semitism event

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A Labour activist has been expelled for bringing the party into disrepute after a verbal attack on a Jewish MP at the launch of an anti-Semitism report.

Marc Wadsworth accused Ruth Smeeth of working “hand in hand” with the media to undermine Labour.

Labour’s National Constitutional Committee found he breached the party’s rules and should be thrown out.

The announcement followed a high-profile disciplinary hearing in which Mrs Smeeth gave evidence against him.

Before Wednesday’s hearing, Mr Wadsworth – an anti-racism campaigner and Momentum activist – suggested that he was being “hung out to dry”.

Mrs Smeeth branded his comments, at the launch of the Chakrabarti report into anti-Semitism, “vile conspiracy theories” while a group of MPs who accompanied her to the hearing had demanded action.

A Labour spokesman said: “The National Constitutional Committee of the Labour Party has found that two charges of a breach of the Labour Party’s rule 2.1.8 by Marc Wadsworth have been proven.”

“The NCC consequently determined that the sanction for this breach of Labour Party rules will be expulsion from membership.”

The MP thanked all those who had supported her throughout what she said had been a two-year “ordeal”, saying there was no place for “bullying and intimidation” within the party.

“I am relieved that after nearly two years this matter has finally been resolved,” she said.

“I hope that this decision represents the first step towards a return to the values of decency and respect throughout the Labour Party.”

The Jewish Labour Movement also welcomed the outcome, saying the case was “symptomatic of the ongoing delays in resolving disciplinary matters”.

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