Labour 7 head to the court
18 December, 2020 — By John Gulliver
SHADOWS deepen over the growing rift in the Labour Party with an application of a claim in the High Court that the party’s disciplinary process is unfair and not fit for purpose.
A seven-strong group of members of the Labour Activists for Justice who all claim to have been “unjustly accused of undermining the party’s ability to campaign against racism” took their plea to the High Court on Thursday.
Among them is Michael Ellman, age 83, of Junction Ward, North Islington Labour Party, who describes himself as a practising Jew, a lawyer, who joined the party in 1980.
It is alleged that after he proposed a motion at a branch meeting to reconsider the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism and substitute the Oxford English Dictionary definition that he was suspended for “conduct grossly prejudicial to the party”.