In a move designed to be seen to act but to try and placate the many supporters of Jackie Walker inside Momentum their Central Committee has issued the following statement:
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.
So Walker stays as part of Momentums's leadership and they deflect the blame on to "leaked footage" of her disgraceful remarks. Apparently she just didn't "explain herself very well.
Her anti-Zionism has like so many of the far left "crossed the Rubicon" and is based on a hate for the worlds only Jewish country making demands on it that would not be expected of any other. That is Israel's destruction.
One of her more deranged supporters Tony Greenstein described the Jewish Labour Movements meeting thus:
"This was no training event. It was an Israeli state sponsored honey trap."
You couldn't make that crap up.
Momentum are clearly a party within a party with their own agenda, committees and structure. Undoubtedly this move will cause fractures within their group as Walker not only has a lot of supporters but the bulk of their members either do not take anti-Semitism seriously or just ignore it as an inconvenience.
Labour needs to rid itself of this cuckoo in it's nest.
The TSSA union should start by kicking Momentum out of it's headquarters.