Ruth Smeeth heckler expelled from Labour party

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1st July 2016

The activist who accused a Jewish MP of “working hand in hand" with the Daily Telegraph at Labour’s anti-Semitism report launch has been expelled from the party.

Jeremy Corbyn has become embroiled in a fresh anti-Semitism row
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Marc Wadsworth, who claims to be a member of the pro-Corbyn campaign group Momentum, accused Ruth Smeeth of conspiring in a "witch hunt" with the paper.

Ms Smeeth later called on Mr Corbyn to quit because he "stood by and did absolutely nothing" while the incident was taking place.

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Mr Wadsworth today expressed regret for any offence caused to Ms Smeeth and revealed to LBC radio that he had been expelled from the party due to “media reports”.

“I’ve now been expelled from the Labour party. I've received a letter from this very shadowy unit called the constitutional unit," he said.

"And they have summarily expelled me without any opportunity to give my side, just based on media reports.”

He added: “They told me that my membership has not been accepted as a full member of the party...

“I’ve been a member for several months, so its not a matter of my membership being pending.

"This is something I'm going to challenge and I'm getting a lot of Jewish support."

Ms Smeeth said in a statement after the event that Mr Wadsworth had "used traditional anti-Semitic slurs to attack me for being part of a media conspiracy”.

“It is beyond belief that someone could come to the launch of a report on anti-Semitism in the Labour party and espouse such vile conspiracy theories about Jewish people.”    

Human rights campaigner Shami Chakrabarti, who wrote the anti-Semitism report and was at yesterday's event, said Mr Corbyn shared her anger at what had happened.

She told Radio 4's Today programme: "I have been to see Ruth Smeeth and I've apologised to her because it was my press conference and I was chairing it and I'm really sorry she was treated in that way.

"I was chairing the press conference and I probably didn't give [Jeremy] a chance to jump in because I was so quick to jump in. 

"He concurred with me when I admonished the gentleman in question for heckling not just Ruth Smeeth but me and for abusing the privilege of asking a question at a national press conference and the leader concurred with me."

However Mr Corbyn was today reported to the Labour party by Jewish Human Rights Watch over his "conduct" at the launch.