Pete Willsman received a hero’s welcome as he walked into Labour Party HQ today. Signs outside insisted anti-Semitism does not exist in the Labour Party, and claims of it are merely a Blairite Zionist conspiracy. Meanwhile activists shouted about how Jews “don’t suffer economic discrimination.”
Labour will need to do a lot more than just accepting the IHRA definition to clean up the anti-Semitism infesting the party…
The Labour NEC election results are in and all nine Corbynista candidates have been elected, including Pete Willsman who even Momentum, Owen Jones, Ash Sarkar, and Matt Zarb-Cousin withdrew support for over his rant about the anti-Semitism crisis being faked by Jewish Trump supporters. Willsman has been accused of behaving inappropriately towards young female activists.
The nine candidates elected include Momentum Chair Jon Lansman, who reportedly voted for Pete Willsman despite hearing his rant.
The Labour membership is now more in the pocket of the likes of Chris Williamson than Owen Jones…
Scandal-hit Pete Willsman repeatedly made inappropriate comments to young women on Labour’s NEC, according to four witnesses who were present. The witnesses all say that, during a meeting of the NEC in 2016, Willsman bragged that he uses his relationship with Jeremy Corbyn to get close to young women. The four witnesses say that Willsman, in front of the whole NEC, boasted that he chats up women by telling them he is friends with Corbyn. “He was arguing that it showed how popular Jeremy is that he could successfully chat up women by saying that he was his friend,” says a source who witnessed the comments. The witnesses say that Willsman told the room that he has a “three yard rule” about how close he can get to women while chatting them up.
In front of the entire NEC, Willsman then asked the young female members present if they would go clubbing with him. Four witnesses say he asked one young female member of Labour’s NEC if she twerks when she goes clubbing. The witnesses say that Willsman boasted that other women like to twerk on him.
At this point, the then Labour chief whip Rosie Winterton, interrupted Willsman and admonished him. Winterton told Willsman: “I think that is really inappropriate and out of order. I think you should apologise”.
Several female members of the NEC complained informally to the then Labour general secretary Iain McNicol about Willsman’s conduct after the meeting. One woman present tells Guido Willsman’s behaviour was “shocking”.
All four witnesses to this incident tell Guido that it was not a one off, and that Willsman routinely makes similar comments to young women in the Labour Party. Guido is told Willsman has also repeatedly sided with the accused in sexual harassment cases. One NEC source says he sided with the accused in once case because he was a “good guy”. A second NEC source says he described the accused as a “good comrade”.
Willsman declined multiple opportunities to comment by phone and email both today and yesterday.
Willsman retains the support of the Labour leadership after his rant against Jews that provoked this week’s anti-Semitism furore. Why is this person still on Labour’s NEC?
Momentum is facing a grassroots revolt with members vowing to quit the pro-Corbyn group after it abandoned its support for race row Pete Willsman. Last night Momentum removed Willsman from its slate for the NEC elections, instructing its followers not to vote for him:
This has gone down very badly with their batsh*t supporters, many of whom are choosing to back the man at the centre of Labour’s anti-Semitism scandal and tear up their Momentum membership cards in protest. The crackpot Momentum splitters have taken to putting #JC9 in their Twitter names, reflecting their support for the original left-wing slate including Willsman.
A reminder that Willsman ranted about Jews on tape and has now lost the support of the Momentum leadership, Owen Jones, Matt Zarb-Cousin and Ash Sarkar, but the Momentum grassroots and the Leader’s Office are still backing him. This is who Jezza has chosen to side with…
The Jewish Labour Movement have resubmitted their complaint to the Labour Party, meaning Jennie Formby now has a second chance to get it right, get rid of Willsman and admit she screwed up. Not a great look at all ifCorbyn and Formby sat through Willsman’s rant about Jews, said and did nothing to oppose him, and then Formby failed to take any action…
UPDATE: Guido is told Jennie Formby wrote to Pete Willsman to remind him of the high standard of behaviour expected from labour members and warned him of possible disciplinary action if he were to repeat his behaviour.
Pete Willsman should withdraw from the left slate, which he shouldn’t have been anywhere near in the first place to be honest. You’ve had your time Pete, time to go. Let someone else have a chance, preferably someone who doesn’t downplay racism…. #JC8
Pete Willsman should withdraw his candidacy immediately.
But more than that, it’s clear that a program of collective learning is sorely needed to deal with racism & antisemitism in the Labour Party. Expulsions only deal with symptoms – we need to address the cause. https://t.co/79OtEAQf8F
Margaret Hodge: Angrily confronted Corbyn about anti-Semitism. Complaint submitted to Labour Party. Hodge told she could face disciplinary action. Investigation remains ongoing two weeks later.
Ian Austin: Angrily confronted Ian Lavery about anti-Semitism. Complaint submitted to Labour Party. Austin told he could face disciplinary action. Investigation remains ongoing two weeks later.
Pete Willsman: Ranted about the anti-Semitism crisis being faked by Jewish Trump supporters at a Labour NEC meeting. Complaint submitted to Labour Party. Tom Watson and Owen Jones condemn Willsman. Three days later Jennie Formby swiftly rules he will not be placed under investigation.
One rule for the moderates calling out anti-Semitism, another for the mad old mates of Jez stoking the crisis…
A motion to require every Labour candidate to pledge allegiance to Jeremy Corbyn was ignored yesterday at Labour’s NEC, Guido can reveal. Corbynista NEC member Pete Willsman proposed that every Labour candidate should sign a formal pledge of allegiance to Jeremy Corbyn during the selection process. A source tells Guido:
“Votes were not taken at the NEC meeting. It kept the Corbynistas down. There will be no requirement for candidates to sign a formal Corbyn pledge of allegiance to Jeremy. The sense is that the left is losing the internal battle for control.”
Can you imagine Wes Streeting and John Woodcock pledging that? They would have refused and made it even more politically embarrassing. Self-defeating mindless Corbynista amateurism…
Emily Thornberry tells Labour activists some home truths…
“…we must all acknowledge, that there are sickening individuals on the fringes of our movement, who use our legitimate support for Palestine as a cloak and a cover for their despicable hatred of Jewish people, and their desire to see Israel destroyed.”