Momentum’s Jackie Walker was suspended from the Labour Party for comments secretly filmed at a training session held by the Jewish Labour Movement at the 2016 Labour Party Conference. The day before the training session she spoke at a meeting held by Free Speech on Israel, a mainly Jewish group of labour, green and trade union activists in the UK. This is a full, uncut recording of her speech made with her permission - Thanet Watch
Monday Momentum met and removed Ms Walker from the role of vice chair of Momentum. In a statement they said:
A statement from Momentum's Steering Committee
"Momentum’s Steering Committee has voted, seven to three, to remove Jackie Walker as its Vice Chair, a position it elected her to. She remains a member of Momentum and its Steering Committee.
Jackie’s actions at Labour Conference, in her subsequent Channel 4 interview, and by not understanding concern caused by her statements, have led the Steering Committee to view her behaviour as irresponsible and lose confidence in her as Vice Chair.
Having read reports of what Jackie Walker is alleged to have said, listened to the leaked video, and heard Jackie’s version of events, the Committee does not regard any of the comments she appears to have made, taken individually, to be antisemitic. However, the Committee does consider her remarks on Holocaust Memorial Day and on security of Jewish schools to be ill-informed, ill-judged and offensive. In such circumstances, the Committee feels that Jackie should have done more to explain herself to mitigate the upset caused and should have been careful about statements on this and related subjects, whatever her record as an anti-racist, which the Committee applauds.
Momentum is concerned that footage of a training session was leaked to the press. The leak is unacceptable and undermines much needed political education. Momentum also calls on Labour to apply the principles laid down in the Chakrabarti report in its investigation of Jackie. On the basis of the evidence the Committee has seen, Jackie should not be expelled from the Labour Party."
Ms Walker responded:
Iacqueline Walker knows the score.
Together we are stronger
In Solidarity Jackie.
Reinforcing those words there follows a statement posted late Monday via Momentum Thanet: