Suspended Newham councillor helping Momentum paint east London red

Labour councillor suspended for abusive behaviour is helping Momentum gain control of local parties in east London.

A former Labour councillor in Newham who is suspended from the party for abusive and bullying behaviour is helping Momentum as they seek control of local constituency parties in east London.

Obaid Khan was suspended from Labour for three years in March 2017 following a two day hearing that found him guilty of bullying, intimidation and aggressive behaviour. Khan denied the charges and claimed he had been treated unfairly.

He was pictured in images posted by a Newham Momentum organiser taken in East Ham in July. Momentum is trying to gain control of East Ham CLP after successfully taking over the neighbouring constituency Labour party in West Ham.

The Momentum organiser who shared the picture is now the membership secretary of West Ham CLP following Momentum’s takeover.

Khan was also pictured with Chris Williamson MP at one of his ‘Democracy Roadshow’ events in Ilford, and with Novara Media founder Aaron Bastani at Labour Live.

Under Momentum’s rules, only Labour Party members are allowed to join.

Momentum will now come under pressure to reveal whether Khan is a member and explain why he is being allowed to campaign for the group despite the fact his suspension from the party still has nearly two years left to run.

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