A Brighton Labour member has been suspended for calling on members to ‘march to the synagogue in Hove’ in protest at a candidate’s suspension for anti-Semitism.
Amanda Bishop was responding to Wish ward candidate Alex Braithwaite being suspended for allegedly anti-Semitic comments, including Israeli conspiracy theories.
As news of her suspension spread amongst local party members, many posted on the Brighton and Hove Labour Party Forum Facebook page, expressing solidarity with her.
But Ms Bishop went one step further, posting: “No, no, no! Solidarity is all well and good but it’s enough now. We can’t allow this to go on. We need to march about this to the synagogue in Hove, all of us members in Brighton.”
About eleven hours later, the following morning, the comment was edited to read: “We need to march about this, a demo, all of us members in Brighton.”
Amongst those also expressing solidarity with Ms Braithwaite were candidates Colin Piper, Anne Pissaridou, Denise Friend, Nikkie Brennan and Kate Knight. Danielle Cornish-Spencer also offered solidarity, although she added she wasn’t sure what had happened.
The final comment on the thread was another by Ms Bishop, tagging in Brighton Kemptown MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle asking him to intervene – he did not respond.
However this evening, as her comments were published by the Red Roar website, Mr Lloyd-Moyle tweeted: “What she said was revolting and tonight, after I first read the comments today and reported them, she has been suspended.
“This is anti-Semitism and not acceptable in our society and our party; no excuses.”