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Rejected parliamentary candidate considering taking Labour to court

Labour's NEC refused to endorse Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt on the grounds she could ‘potentially bring the party into disrepute’

A SOCIALIST historian banned from standing as a parliamentary candidate by Labour revealed today that she is reluctantly considering taking the party to the High Court.

The Constituency Labour Party of South Thanet elected Dr Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt as its parliamentary candidate last April, but the national executive committee (NEC) refused to endorse her in December.

The committee made its decision on the grounds that her conduct “has the potential to bring the party into disrepute” based on three Twitter posts on the now deleted Centre for Cultural Change account.

One of the tweets was in support of former Momentum vice-chair Jacqueline Walker, which said that accusations of anti-semitism levelled at her were “politically motivated.”

A second tweet read: “Anti-semitism has been weaponised by those who seek to silence anti-zionist voices. See The Lynching endorsed by Ken Loach, for elucidation.”

The third was: “Accusations of AS [anti-semitism] levelled in an attempt to discredit the left.”

Earlier this month, Jewish Voice for Labour said the grounds for the decision were “appalling” and “highly questionable.”

South Thanet CLP has called on the NEC’s organisation committee to review the decision but so far it has refused.

High Court action could soon be launched against the party by a legal team that includes radical lawyer Michael Mansfield QC after Ms Gordon-Nesbitt’s online funding campaign exceeded £4,000.

She said: “The last thing I want to do is go to court, but we have to make the Labour Party more accountable to its members and this seems to be the only way of doing it.

“I want to stress that this is in no way an attack on the Labour Party leadership. I joined the party to support [Jeremy Corbyn], and I now find myself facing some of the same false allegations that have characterised his leadership.”

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