Prominent Labour NEC member Claudia Webbe has accused Labour Against Anti Semitism of targeting her because she is a black woman after the campaigning group pointed out she supported Ken Livingstone when he was criticised for comparing a Jewish reporter to a Nazi concentration camp guard.
Webbe, a close friend and Islington constituent of Jeremy Corbyn, sent a series of direct messages to the LAAS Twitter account, the first of which accused it of “smearing” her.
She went on to write: “You think it’s okay to abuse me because I’m easy prey as a black woman”.
Webbe also pointed out she has defended Jewish people who were subject to antisemitism at industrial tribunals.
She said she was asked to provide a character witness for Livingstone because she was familiar with his work as an anti-racism campaigner.
Webbe offered to meet LAAS members to discuss her comments and her work.
She asked LAAS to delete its tweet about her support of Livingstone and answered a series of questions but insisted the organisation was “deliberately and abusing me and smearing me in public”.
“I am being victimised and harassed because I’m a black female”, she complained.
Webbe was Director of Westminster Race Equality Council, where her chair was Bernard Silver of the Board of Deputies of British Jews.
A Labour Against Antisemitism spokesperson said Webbe had failed to explain why she defended Livingstone and said her private remarks were “off the scale”.