Labour expels campaigner Tony Greenstein over anti-Semitism

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19th February 2018

A high-profile Labour activist has been thrown out of the party over allegations of anti-Semitism directed at senior figures. 

Tony Greenstein has said he is a victim of a "false anti-Semitism witch-hunt"
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Tony Greenstein was found to have breached Labour rules on three charges at a National Constitutional Committee of the party in Brighton.

He has repeatedly attacked senior Labour figures online including MP Louise Ellman and has referred to Jewish activists as “Zios”.

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A Labour spokesperson said: "The National Constitutional Committee (NCC) of the Labour Party has today found that all three charges of a breach of the Labour Party's rule 2.1.8 by Tony Greenstein have been found proved.

"The NCC consequently determined that the sanction for the breach of Labour Party rules will be expelled from membership.

"The Labour Party will make no further comment on this matter."

Ivor Caplin, the south east chair of the Jewish Labour Movement, said: “His continued membership is at complete odds with our collective values of solidarity, tolerance and respect.

“Deliberately harassing, intimidatory and hateful language of the kind Tony Greenstein has continually used has no place inside the Labour movement.

“Despite the unacceptably long time it has taken to reach this conclusion, we are heartened that the party has sent out a clear message on this today.”

Jonathan Arkush, president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews said: "This had to be the right decision.

"Tony Greenstein's long record of noxious behaviour makes him an unsuitable member for any respectable political party.

"It is to be hoped that significant outstanding Labour Party disciplinary cases will follow swiftly and yield the same result."

Mr Greenstein - who is Jewish himself - went to the High Court at the end of last year in a bid to delay the hearing.

He said at the time: “Despite being Jewish I was suspended as part of the false anti-Semitism witch-hunt in March 2016.”