Last week, the leader of Haringey’s Labour group confirmed that Cllr Tucker had been readmitted after a six-month suspension from the Party, but there are now reports that he has been suspended again after a furore.
Cllr Tucker was exposed last year as having told Tottenham’s Constituency Labour Party to drop a “zero-tolerance” clause from an antisemitism motion that it was debating, and Cllr Tucker is reported to have suggested that Israel was somehow to blame for the racist killing of George Floyd, which is a popular antisemitic conspiracy theory. He has also defended the disgraced former Labour MP Chris Williamson.
It was also reported by On London that Cllr Tucker may have opined on a group chat that “The purging will be outsourced to people nominated by the BoD,” by which he meant suspensions of Labour members over antisemitism will be “outsourced” to the Board of Deputies of British Jews, a Jewish community charity. He reportedly also lamented the failure of the pro-Corbyn pressure group Momentum to “oppose the centrists on Brexit and antisemitism.” Other concerning pronouncements were also reported.
Cllr Tucker has denied that he is antisemitic and has claimed to have been selectively quoted as part of a malicious smear campaign against him.
A spokesperson for Campaign Against Antisemitism said: “Labour’s disciplinary process remains in chaos, with two controversial councillors readmitted to the Party and one of them rapidly resuspended. This is not a system in which the general public can have any confidence, and that is why our complaints against numerous MPs and officeholders must remain outstanding until the Party installs an independent disciplinary process as mandated by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.”
The Labour Party was found by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to have engaged in unlawful discrimination and harassment of Jews. The report followed the EHRC’s investigation of the Labour Party in which Campaign Against Antisemitism was the complainant, submitting hundreds of pages of evidence and legal argument. Sir Keir Starmer called the publication of the report a “day of shame” for the Labour Party.
Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Antisemitism Barometer 2019 showed that antisemitism on the far-left of British politics has surpassed that of the far-right.
Campaign Against Antisemitism advocates for zero tolerance of antisemitism in public life. To that end we monitor all political parties and strive to ensure that any cases of concern are properly addressed.