Chris Williamson agreed with activist who said antisemitism claims were a means of preventing the Left from getting power

The MP was filmed just weeks ago in discussion with an activist suspended from Labour who had written about 'fake antisemitism, Zionism and fear of speaking out'


Chris Williamson took part in an interview earlier this month with a conspiracy theorist facing expulsion from Labour who compared attempts to tackle anti-Jewish conduct with that of a East European "tyranny".

The Derby North MP, who was re-suspended on Friday, just 48 hours after party bosses had lifted the suspension, was filmed agreeing with Mara Leverkuhn as she suggested antisemitism claims were actually a means of preventing left-wingers "organising the working-class to actually get any power".

Mr Williamson responded to the Romanian-born activist, who claimed to have experience of "tyranny",  by saying: "That is a really valid and important point and I'm pleased you have actually put it in that way."

Agreeing with Ms Leverkuhn's  claim that censorship, rather than antisemitism, was the real issue at stake, Mr Williamson later added: "It is a fundamental right to have freedom of speech."

Ms Leverkuhn - who is also known as Mara Rotudu - has been suspended from Labour after launching a series of controversial online attacks in which she suggested the internationally-recognised IHRA  definition of antisemitism was  a "masterful tool for crushing dissent".

She also wrote that "ceding ground to antisemitism smears was an error", adding that the "fabrications" need to be confronted.

In another article she wrote of "Fake antisemitism, Zionism and fear of speaking out."

Ms Leverkuhn's case has been deemed so serious by Labour officials that it has been referred to the party's highest disciplinary body to rule on.

Mr Williamson conducted his interview with Ms Leverkuhn only two weeks ago - before the hearing reached Labour's disciplinary panel last week.

Referring to Ms Leverkuhn's background in a former Communist state, "with an experience of what tyranny was like",  Mr Williamson added: "Obviously, it's something we need to be mindful of and vigilant about.

"We on the left absolutely have to champion freedom of speech because if we don't, then the potential consequences further down the line... would be compromised as a consequence of that."

Mr Williamson's interview was published by the far-left magazine The Word, with a clip released on You Tube last Thursday after the MP's suspension from Labour was lifted.

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