Labour suspends councillor for the second time

Posted On 25 Apr 2022 at 6:36 pm

Councillor Anne Pissaridou

A local councillor has been suspended by Labour for the second time after more of her social media history came to light.

Anne Pissaridou was suspended from the party in July 2020 after two allegedly anti-semitic Facebook posts from 2016 and 2018 came to light.

Her suspension ended in August, although it was not until February that she was readmitted to the council’s Labour group after the other councillors felt she had more to do to rebuild trust with the Jewish community.

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Brighton and Hove News understands she has now been adminstratively suspended for 18 months after more social media posts came to light.

In the posts, which date from when Jeremy Corbyn was still the Labour leader and before her first suspension, she downplayed claims of anti-semitism in Labour and appeared to condone an online attack on a Jewish party member.

After her first suspension, she said she was “deeply sorry” and said she had not properly read the anti-semitic material she had posted links to.

Cllr Pissaridou, 73, is now not able to attend group meetings hold office for 18 months which means she will not be able to be selected to run for Labour in next May’s elections.

She is able to attend local branch meetings.

The Labour Party’s regional director for the south east, Teddy Ryan, said: “The Labour Party takes all complaints extremely seriously and they are fully investigated in line with our rules and procedures, and any appropriate disciplinary action is taken.”

A spokesman for the Sussex Jewish Representative Council (SJRC) said: “We are pleased to finally see the appropriate action taken in regards to Anne Pissaridou.

“If the Labour Party is serious in addressing antisemitism it must be consistent at every level.

“She has no place in the party. She cynically tried to suggest that she was engaging with the Jewish community to better understand to hurt she caused in order to gain readmittance to the local party.

“She, in fact, never spoke with the recognised, designated leadership of the local community but instead chose to seek advice from one of the very few Jews who actually supported Corbyn and isn’t even a resident of Brighton and Hove.

“Hardly the actions of someone seeking to establish trust and openness with the local Jewish community.

“In trying to play our community as fools, she compounded the damage done and reinforced our opinion that she is not someone acting in good faith or who can ever be trusted by us.”

Cllr Pissaridou, who represents North Portslade, was one of three Labour councillors reported for alleged anti-Semitism in 2020. The other two, Kate Knight and Nichole Brennan, subsequently quit the party.

As a result, Labour were left with fewer seats on the council than the Greens.

And because the Greens had become the largest party, albeit without a majority, they took over running the council.

Cllrs Knight and Brennan continue to sit as independents, in Moulsecoomb and Bevendean and in East Brighton.

All three were selected as candidates after being endorsed by Brighton and Hove Momentum.

When Cllr Pissaridou’s first suspension ended, the other North Portslade councillor Peter Atkinson quit Labour in protest. He is now sitting as an independent.

Editor’s note: This article has been amended to clarify that Cllr Pissaridou’s current suspension is an administrative one. 

  1. Phoebe Barrera Reply

    Anne could follow her fellow antisemites and leave the Labour Party and stand as an independent?

    Or alternatively she could resign as councillor and allow an election to take place.

    Why was she ever allowed to stay in the Labour Party and continue to vote?

  2. Nathan Adler Reply

    Needs to go end of story. If she doesn’t her North Portslade constituents will certainly dump her. Almost non existent as a councilor, (unlike Cllr Atkinson) and the instigator of the failure of the temporary OSR cycle lane she is a toxic personality that only damages the Labour party.

  3. Jenny Mullins Reply

    As chair of Hove and Portslade Labour Party (prior to her election to council in 2019), Anne P literally ignored antisemitic comments at meetings and signed a letter calling for Warren Morgan to step down as council leader for calling out anti-Jewish fringe meetings at the 2017 Labour conference in Brighton. She willing welcomed with open arms, befriended and encouraged every racist who joined the Labour Party. She should have been expelled last year and like her, those members of the Labour Group on the City Council who lobbied for her re-admittance to the Group should not be allowed to stand again.

    • Alex Reply

      I’m sorry Jenny but this is quite myopic despite you appearing to have a deep understanding of the inner workings of the Labour Party. Can you elaborate on what exactly you mean by anti-Jewish fringe meetings and evidence any of the claims of befriending every racist? It was reported it was a collective decision to readmit her based on evidence at the time, as the national party had already readmitted her. The reasons for her new suspension appear to be social media comments at or around the same time as the previous ones. Interesting that they surface now but the point is they were there before her readmittance by the party.

  4. Tolley More Reply

    We just need to get rid of the other Momentum fruitcakes in Labour Brighton, and the party may be able to build bridges for May 2023.
    Good riddance to Pissaridou

    • Martha Gunn Reply

      Labour in Brighton, and particularly in Kemptown, has a very long tradition of being home to the fruitcake faction. Many of the branches are still under the control of swivel-eyed Corbynistas. Getting rid of Pissaridou is a welcome move, but when will the issue of Corbynista remnants like Russel-Moyle, Platts, Childs, Williams and company be tackled and resolved? No hope in 2022 until this is addressed.

  5. Gerry Reply

    You really can’t make this up: Brighton and Hove Labour suspends her…again! Whilst nationally Labour is getting its act together, here in Brighton the party seems rotten to the core, chock full of crazies anti Jewish obsessives and cranks..as a usual Labour voter, I despair…

  6. Hove Guy Reply

    Why, oh why has she not been prosecuted? If she had behaved like that towards Muslims, or people of colour, the police would have been round in no time at all. How on earth is she allowed to get away with it?

    • Mike oxlong Reply

      It’s not against the law to share a post on social media Guy.

  7. jjgoldsmith Reply

    I will not vote Labour while they have people like her in the party.

  8. Raphael Hill Reply

    Why did the Labour group want to bring them back in the first place?

    • Hove Guy Reply

      Because, however much they deny it, Labour is still the party of antisemitism. It will be a long time before I shall be voting for them again.

  9. Chris Reply

    Citizens of Brighton. Decouple national party politics and local management. Vote for independent candidates that you feel are best for the job. Voting for parties at local elections may be easier but does not guarantee you get the best person. Treat local elections as job interviews

  10. Peter Challis Reply

    Just spotted on the council website – Anne Pissaridou is now standing as an Independent – see https://democracy.brighton-hove.gov.uk/mgUserInfo.aspx?UID=114061&

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