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Chris Williamson launches crowdfund appeal for legal action over unjust suspension

CHRIS WILLIAMSON has launched a crowdfunding appeal to support legal action against the Labour Party for suspending him over anti-semitism allegations.

The Derby North MP is aiming to raise £75,000 to “overturn the unconstitutional decision to ‘resuspend’ me from the party I love.”

Almost a third of the targeted amount had been received by yesterday afternoon.

Mr Williamson was first suspended in February after he was filmed at a meeting saying that Labour had been “too apologetic” over allegations of anti-semitism in the party.

He was readmitted by a panel of the national executive committee in June, before being suspended again 48 hours later following pressure from more than 100 Labour MPs, peers and staff.

His case has now been referred to the national constitutional committee (NCC), Labour’s highest disciplinary body.

The Campaign for Chris Williamson said: “With a heavy heart and after months of personal distress, Chris has been forced to take legal action against the party that he has dedicated his life to.”

Donations over the target would establish a “legal fighting fund for the Labour left, defending other comrades who have been maliciously accused and hounded out of the party,” it added.

A Labour spokesperson confirmed that a NCC hearing is pending, adding: “We do not give a running commentary on individual cases.”

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