Newly elected MP for Kensington and Chelsea, Emma Dent-Coad, has agreed to speak at a rally for an SWP front group alongside one of the key players in the party’s rape scandal.
The rally is being held by Stand Up To Racism (SUTR), an SWP front set up after its 2013 rape scandal. Weyman Bennett, due to speak on the same platform as Dent-Coad, was one of two SWP members who founded the group in an attempt to overcome his party’s damaged reputation.
Bennett was a member of the SWP central committee when it set up a ‘kangaroo court’ to deal with the case of a senior figure accused of raping a 17 year-old. Bennett is also accused of leading “a sustained campaign of bullying” against the two female members who first raised the case with the Party’s central committee.
Jeremy Corbyn came under criticism from many of his own supporters in 2016 when he spoke at an SUTR event after pledging to boycott it.
The rally will take place on Wednesday 21 February, and is part of a series of nationwide rallies, with Catherine West, David Lammy, and Laura Pidcock listed to speak at other venues.