On 23 January 2019, BBC Radio Kent covered the plight of South Thanet Labour Party’s parliamentary campaign. John Warnett, host of the Drive Time show, spoke to Political Reporter, Caroline Williams. As Caroline explains, I feel the decision has damaged my reputation and provoked questions about the way the party runs. Their conversation reveals the farcical nature of the case against me, which John summarises as me having been accused of supporting someone who may or may not have been guilty of antisemitism.
I was asked if I was concerned our High Court action would damage the Labour Party. I replied:
No, I don’t feel that’s going to happen. I feel, in fact, it’s going to enhance the Labour Party. There seems to be a deficit of democracy at the heart of the party that’s a historical hangover from another time, whereby local members of a constituency vote for their parliamentary candidate and the National Executive has the right to veto that candidate. Which is fair enough – there are instances where that might be necessary – but the fact that there’s no right to appeal suggests that there isn’t proper democracy at the heart of the party.
You can listen to the full piece here: