Labour activist, Melanie Melvin, who was elected Women’s Officer of the Brighton Kemptown Constituency Labour Party earlier this year, has reportedly left the Labour Party after antisemitic tweets allegedly appeared on her Twitter account.
According to a report in the JC, “Labour has confirmed that an activist who sent anti-Israel and anti-Jewish tweets is no longer a member of the Party.” It added: “However, a spokesperson for South East Labour Party declined to comment on whether she had been expelled or suspended.”
On 2nd February, responding to a post calling for action against the “bullying” of Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, Melvin allegedly tweeted that “maybe she could claim Jewish ancestry. Then there’d be action.” She also claimed that allegations of antisemitism in the Party “weaken us all” and were “unfounded smears”.
Then on 7th April, a message on Melvin’s account suggested that the Israelis were part of a conspiracy to fake the Assad regime’s chemical attack. She allegedly tweeted: “Breaking: Sarin gassing was filmed by the BBC at Pinewood on the orders of Mrs May and the Israeli lobby.”
Unfortunately it is very unlikely that we will get clarity on what disciplinary action has been taken, or whether Melvin simply resigned, because following Baroness Chaktrabarti’s whitewash report into antisemitism in the Party, Labour has kept its disciplinary decisions secret.