Sheffield Labour Left last night voted unanimously to show solidarity with Chris Williamson against the witch hunt he is presently facing.
Sheffield Labour Left stands in full solidarity with Chris Williamson MP.
Any allegations that Chris is enabling or minimising anti-Semitism are not only unfounded, but part of a hostile and anti-democratic campaign. As Jeremy Corbyn recently said: “Chris Williamson is a very good, very effective Labour MP. He’s a very strong anti-racist campaigner. He is not anti-Semitic.”
Of course, allegations of anti-Semitism should be dealt with, but this should follow due process. Any false and trumped up allegations to score political points against Corbyn and his supporters, however, must also come to an end.
Solidarity with Chris!
It was great that Sheffield Labour Left were able to host the meeting with Chris Williamson MP and Stephen Bell from the Stop the War Coalition.
Initially Chris and Stephen were due to speak at a meeting to be hosted by Sheffield Labour Students (SLS) at the University of Sheffield. Following a complaint by the Sheffield Jewish Student Society, which accused Chris of “encouraging a culture of anti-Semitism”, the executive of Sheffield Labour Students came under pressure to cancel or postpone the meeting. Initially the SLS – ostensibly run by a left-wing majority – held firm against these disgraceful attacks. But not for long. The SLS’s event organiser (who is also a member of the steering committee of Sheffield Momentum) resigned from his position, because he had “hoped that the committee would listen to and accommodate the requests of a minority group”.
Tomorrow: Despite anonymous threats, public meeting with Chris Williamson MP in Sheffield to go ahead
URGENT PRESS RELEASE
This meeting was initially to be hosted by Sheffield Labour Students, but they cancelled it after the Sheffield Jewish Society complained about Chris Williamson MP, who supposedly “has encouraged a culture of anti-Semitism”.
Sheffield Labour Left totally rejects this allegation. We are in full solidarity with Chris Williamson MP, one of the MPs who stands up for Jeremy Corbyn’s policies. We believe it is very important to hold public debates without fear of censorship. We therefore decided to host this meeting at short notice instead. Continue reading Urgent press release, November 7 2018
As Labour party members in Sheffield, we are disappointed that Sheffield Labour Students has cancelled its ‘Why we need an anti-war government’ meeting featuring Chris Williamson MP. [Click here for more info]
We note that at a time of heightened militarism across the world, this event was too important to cancel. Cancelling it is highly counterproductive to the aim of a peaceful, progressive society we are all working towards.
We also note that Chris Williamson is a champion of the anti-racist movement and has campaigned for many years against racism, fascism and anti-Semitism. The portrayal of him as anything other than this is wrongful and dangerous to the entire ant-racist movement.
We call on Sheffield Labour students to reverse the decision made to un-invite Chris Williamson to speak.
We stand in solidarity with Chris Williamson against the injustices that are so prevalent in this country and the whole world.
Initial signatories (all in personal capacity):
- Joseph Ashton, President, Sheffield Hallam Students Union Labour, Sheffield Hallam CLP
- Lee Rock, Convenor Sheffield Labour Left & Trade Union Liaison Officer Sheffield Hallam CLP
- Joel Thorpe, Vice Chair Membership, Sheffield Hallam CLP
- Dave Smith, Unite the Union EC Member for NEY&H, Heeley CLP and Sheffield Local Campaign Forum delegate
- Joe Simpson, Treasurer, Sheffield Hallam CLP
To add your signature, please email us – telling us your name, CLP and any position in the Labour movement
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Because of “anonymous threats” our previous venue has cancelled our booking. But we are pleased to say that the meeting is now co-sponsored by Sheffield TUC and has been moved to Sheffield Trades and Labour Club, 200 Duke Street, Sheffield S2 5QQ.
This meeting was initially to be hosted by Sheffield Labour Students, but they cancelled it after the Jewish Society on Sheffield Uni campus complained about Chris Williamson MP.
Sheffield Labour Left believes it is very important to hold debates like this, without fear of censorship. We are in full solidarity with Chris Williamson MP, one of the MPs who stands up for Corbyn’s policies. We therefore decided to host this meeting at short notice instead.
The other speaker is Stephen Bell from the Stop the War Coalition. The meeting will be chaired by Sheffield Labour Left convenor Lee Rock.
Thursday, November 8 2018, 7.30pm, 200 Duke Street, Sheffield Trades and Labour Club, Sheffield S2 5QQ.