On 8th August 2019, Cllr Day tweeted: “I recently tweeted inappropriately. I understand now I didn’t fully grasp the issues I was tweeting about. I apologise wholeheartedly for the tweets and will undertake training to develop my understanding of antisemitism. I abhor antisemitism in all forms.”
Later on 8th August 2019, Cllr Day’s apology was covered in the media, and the Green Party’s group leader on the Council, Julie Howell, was reported as saying the tweets were “not Green Party policy” and “could be deemed offensive,” intimating that Cllr Day had been asked to apologise.
On 14th August 2019, a complainant against Cllr Day published the correspondence he had received from the Green Party regarding the case. The response, from the Green Party’s Matthew Browne, stated: “In line with the standing orders the complaint has been considered by the Complaints Referrals Group and by the Green Party Regional Council (in the case of the suspension request)[.] The Complaints Referrals Group and by [sic] the Green Party Regional Council have decided not to suspend or refer Nicola to the Disciplinary Committee at this time.” Cllr Day’s apology on Twitter was cited as the reason for this decision, as well as the fact that this was her ‘first offence’. It was further stated that the Green Party Regional Council (GPRC) would be supporting Cllr Day in accessing antisemitism training.
In response to the Green Party’s decisions, Campaign Against Antisemitism raised a number of queries with them, which they declined to answer. These included querying why they settled for an apology and did not consider a disciplinary investigation to be necessary despite clear breaches of the International Definition of Antisemitism; what criteria the Party is currently using in reaching a decision to refer officers for discipline; who is supplying the education course that Cllr Day is to undertake, what it is, and how Cllr Day’s performance on that course will be assessed. Furthermore, we pointed out that it is a principle of justice that apologies cannot substitute for fair and transparent disciplinary processes. Finally, we queried what benchmark the Party is using to administer such justice, if not the International Definition of Antisemitism.
On 29th October 2019, it was reported that Cllr Day had been selected to run as the Green Party’s parliamentary candidate for North West Cambridgeshire.
In November 2019, Campaign Against Antisemitism put this matter to Cllr Day, but did not receive a response.
In November 2019, Campaign Against Antisemitism put this matter to the Green Party. A spokesman said: “The Green Party utterly condemns and is committed to confronting antisemitism. We have taken action internally to do this, for example members received antisemitism training at our Autumn Conference 2018 and our Disciplinary Committee received training in September 2019. Any new allegations that come to light will be looked into. The Green Party has a robust complaints procedure which is conducted without prejudice. The current and previous leadership have regularly advocated signing the IHRA definition of antisemitism and a process of internal discussion is underway as is always the case with policy decisions in the Green Party. The decision is one that will ultimately be taken by the membership. A motion proposing that the Party signs up to the definition will be put forward by our leadership team and members of the Jewish Green Group at our next Conference in February 2020.”