On 11th November 2019, when the video in  emerged, it was reported that the former leader of the Labour group in Cornwall, Councillor Tim Dwelly, who resigned from the Labour Party in February 2018, had called for Ms Bates to be expelled by the Party and had labelled the song as “repulsive racism”.
However, Ms Bates accused Cllr Dwelly of pursuing a political “vendetta” and added: “I obviously support Israel’s right to exist and Labour’s policy is to have a two-state solution to the Palestinian Israel problem and I support that as a member of the Labour Party.”
Ms Bates was further reported to have denied that the song was antisemitic, saying that it was written by the group out of support for Palestinians. She reportedly said: “I obviously support Israel’s right to exist. The song says that Israel is a racist state. I would personally say that the government policies of Israel are racist.” She also reportedly confirmed that the Labour Party had ordered her to remove it from her social media.
We do not know whether disciplinary action has been taken by the Labour Party against Ms Bates, and at the time of writing, on 25th November 2019, we have no record of any. However, the circumstances and outcomes of any such action would remain unknown, owing to the conditions of secrecy imposed by Baroness Chakrabarti’s report on antisemitism in the Labour Party.
In November 2019, Campaign Against Antisemitism put this matter to Ms Bates, but did not receive a response.