Jeremy Corbyn has called on people to attend an event at which Marc Wadsworth will be speaking this weekend.
In a recorded message, the Labour leader told viewers to “get along” to Southwark Transformed, an event in the London borough this Saturday arranged by Momentum.
Wadsworth, who was expelled from Labour after accusing Jewish MP Ruth Smeeth of “working hand-in-hand” with the media at the launch of the party’s antisemitism report, is listed as a speaker on the event’s Facebook page. Ironically, given the grounds for his expulsion, he is billed as an ‘anti-racism campaigner.’
Wadsworth is currently crowdfunding to take the Labour Party to court over its decision to expel him. The Red Roar found in April that many of the donations are accompanied by antisemitic comments.
Jon Lansman, Labour NEC member and owner of Momentum, is also listed to speak alongside Wadsworth, as is Chris Williamson MP, who acted as a character witness for Wadsworth at his disciplinary hearing. The Derby North MP described the outcome of the hearing as “perverse” and “predetermined.” It is not known whether Lansman is aware that he will be sharing a platform with Wadsworth, and The Red Roar has enquired as to whether he still intends to attend.
Corbyn promised the event will “transform Southwark,” but organisers are said to be struggling to break even on ticket sales, with 26 people said to be attending and 75 more ‘interested’ according to the event’s Facebook page.
UPDATE (31 July): Jon Lansman tells The Read Roar he will not be attending the event.