Alastair Campbell hits out at Labour's failure to deal with antisemites as he is expelled after voting Lib Dem

MP says Tony Blair's former comms director was kicked out faster than Holocaust denier in her local party


Alastair Campbell has criticised Labour's failure to throw out antisemites after he was expelled by the party almost immediately after saying he voted for the Lib Dems.

Tony Blair's former communications director, who has been vocal in his criticisms of Jeremy Corbyn and Brexit, said he received an email on Tuesday telling him he had been kicked out.

He had revealed how he voted after the poll on Thursday. In a series of tweets he said he had only done so to "try to persuade Labour to do right thing" and would be seeking to appeal.

The news triggered widespread anger in light of how the party has struggled to deal with those accused of antisemitism, which the Equality and Human Rights Commission announced, also on Tuesday, it would investigate.

"Hard not to point out difference in the way antisemitism cases have been handled," Mr Campbell tweeted. "Plenty of precedent of members voting for other parties/causes. Some are now senior party staff."

MP Jess Phillips said Mr Campbell was expelled quicker than a man in her local party who "denied the Holocaust", adding this man remained merely suspended.

Some also pointed out Jeremy Corbyn had approvingly noted George Galloway's victory when he caused a major upset by defeating a Labour candidate to win Bradford West in 2012 - but faced no action by the party.

Emily Benn, who stood for the party in 2015, pointed out that Andy Fisher, who is now a senior aide to Mr Corbyn, publicly urged people to back her Class War opponent rather than vote Labour in her Croydon South constituency.

Comedian Matt Lucas wrote simply: "Dear Labour, that was quick. Yours, a Jew."

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