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Labour lifts suspension for Jackie Walker, but plots in Lambeth

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Issue 2506
Jackie Walker

Jackie Walker

Labour Party activist and Momentum vice chair Jackie Walker has been readmitted to the party. She had been suspended after claims of antisemitism.

Walker was suspended last month after comments she made in a Facebook conversation in February were published in the Jewish Chronicle newspaper. She compared the Holocaust to the African slave trade.

Her suspension was part of a wider attempt to smear the Labour left as antisemitic, as Socialist Worker reported at the time. But she was reinstated last week following an investigation.

Walker told Socialist Worker, “I feel vindicated for sure. But I’m also quite angry and quite exhausted.”

She added, “I’m still going round the country talking to different groups.

“I want to get together a campaign against the suspensions and the way they’re happening.”

Meanwhile Labour councillors in Lambeth, south London, are set to target a councillor who spoke out against library closures and other Lambeth Labour policies. Socialist Worker understands that Labour councillor Rachel Heywood was set to be disciplined on Wednesday.

She could be suspended from the Labour group at Lambeth council. Library campaigners were set to rally outside the group’s meeting on Wednesday.

Many Labour members want party leader Jeremy Corbyn to back Heywood.

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