Williamson refuses five times to apologise or acknowledge wrongdoing

The controversial MP, suspended over antisemitism accusations and then readmitted to Labour on Wednesday, stonewalled a BBC interviewer


Chris Williamson, the MP readmitted to the Labour Party this week despite his record of supporting antisemites, refused five times to apologise or admit he did anything wrong in an interview with BBC Radio Derby on Thursday.

Radio host Ian Skye asked Mr Williamson if he  had emerged from his suspension process with a “clear understanding” of what he did wrong.

Mr Williamson replied: “Look, I don’t want to get into Labour Party processes, I submitted a lengthy response to its inquiry and now the decision has been taken and I’m back in the party as a fully-fledged party member.”

Mr Skye then repeated the question, saying: “But with a sanction as a kind of a warning over your head that if you do the same thing again there’s going to be trouble, so you  understand what it is that you mustn’t do?

Mr Williamson responded: “Well as I say there is a process, I’ve not seen the terms of the decision actually so I’ve not been formally contacted yet.”

When Mr Williamson responded to the same question – repeated for the third time – with the words, “I said there’s an internal party process that’s been gone through”, an audibly irate Mr Skye shot back: “But it’s not about process is it, it’s about what kind of a process you align yourself to regarding antisemitism?”

Once again, Mr Williamson refused to answer. He said: “I’m sorry, I’m not going to rerun the discussion that took place in the Labour Party in my response to the accusations that were made.”

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