Chris Williamson suspended from Labour Party pending investigation into 'too apologetic' anti-semitism remarks

Labour MP Chris Williamson
Labour MP Chris Williamson
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Chris Williamson has been suspended from the Labour Party pending investigation, a party spokesman said.

The Yorkshire Post broke the story on Tuesday about the comments Labour MP Chris Williamson made speaking at a Momentum event in Sheffield.
Labour MP and Jeremy Corbyn ally Chris Williamson said the party has been “too apologetic” over anti-Semitism allegations, the Yorkshire Post revealed on Tuesday.

Speaking at an event in Sheffield hosted by the campaign group Momentum, Mr Williamson also said he had responded to the resignations of Labour MPs last week by singing the 1980s hit by Kool and the Gang - ‘Celebration’.

The Derby North MP suggested that the singing was likely to have been heard by one of the Labour defectors Joan Ryan, as her parliamentary office is near his.

In a video posted by Sheffield Momentum and passed to The Yorkshire Post, he can be seen telling the meeting: “The party that has done more to stand up to racism is now being demonised as a racist, bigoted party.

“I have got to say I think our party's response has been partly responsible for that because in my opinion… we have backed off too much, we have given too much ground, we have been too apologetic.”

Ms Ryan quit Labour last week following the earlier resignations of seven of her colleagues, to form a new Independent Group of MPs.

Speaking at the time she blamed a “culture of anti-Semitism” within Labour for her departure. However, a party source insisted that Labour was taking anti-Semitism extremely seriously and was constantly strengthening its internal processes.