On 11th July 2017, it was reported that a Brighton and Hove City councillor had accused Mr Russell-Moyle of “defending the indefensible” over his interceding on behalf of Melanie Melvin , and of having misrepresented the nature of his actions by stating that he was “not appealing” on her behalf.
On 28th March 2019, the Guido Fawkes political blog reported that Mr Russell-Moyle had co-hosted a meeting in Parliament with then Home Secretary Diane Abbott MP to launch a report by Professor David Miller of Bristol University. Professor Miller has a history of alleged antisemitic discourse and had been briefly suspended from the Labour Party whilst under investigation. Further statements made by Prof. Miller prompted complaints to the Party, and he was suspended a second time after claiming that Labour leader Sir Keir Startmer had taken money from “the Zionist movement”. However, he resigned from the Party before the disciplinary process could be completed.
On 11th June 2019, it was reported that former Labour MP Ian Austin had branded Mr Russell-Moyle “a disgrace” for his comments in .
It was later reported that Mr Russell-Moyle and Dame Margaret had agreed to discuss the matter.
On 24th June 2019, it was reported that Mr Russell-Moyle had invited to Parliament the representatives of the Yemenite Houthi military group whose motto is: “God is great, death to America, death to Israel, curse the Jews, victory to Islam”. The previous day, he had directed abuse at his fellow MP, Graham Jones, for having criticised him over the invitation.
It was later reported that Mr Russell-Moyle had cancelled the invitation to the Houthi leader, reportedly claiming not to have investigated his background thoroughly enough.
On 1st July 2019, in an interview on BBC Radio 5 Live, Mr Russell-Moyle was asked to comment on whether the behaviour of former Derby North MP Chris Williamson (who had been resuspended for alleged antisemitism a few days earlier) had been antisemitic, to which he responded: “I wouldn’t make that judgement. I would say he has behaved foolishly in some of the stuff he has said, but whether that’s antisemitic or not, that’s for people who are either Jewish or the [NEC] panel..” However, when presented with a list of some of Mr Williamson’s comments and actions, Mr Russell-Moyle was forced to agree that “on the balance of it, they look like they’re antisemitic.”
On April 14th 2020, it was reported that Mr Russell-Moyle had shared an unredacted version of a leaked report into the workings of Labour’s Governance and Legal Unit with regard to cases of antisemitism. Details of antisemitism complainants were reportedly shared on neo-Nazi and white supremacist websites as a result of its being widely distributed.
It was further reported that Mr Russell-Moyle had subsequently deleted the link he had posted and apologised, but not before having justified his actions, as noted by an activist on Twitter.
On 23rd May 2020, it was noted that Mr Russell-Moyle continued to interact in Facebook groups with Labour members suspended over antisemitism allegations, including an individual who had called for local Labour members to march on the Brighton synagogue and another who had shared a video in which the faces of councillors critical of antisemitism in Labour were superimposed onto the faces of dancing Rabbis.
On 28th June 2020, the former leader of Brighton Council, Warren Morgan, who resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, and who had strongly protested the overt antisemitism manifested at the Labour Party conference in Brighton in 2017, tweeted that he had been informed that Mr Russell-Moyle had written to the Party’s General Secretary to request that his application to re-join should be blocked, and as a result, despite wishing to re-join, he cannot. This was subsequently confirmed.
On 12th July 2020, Mr Russell-Moyle’s support for Rebecca Massey  and his social media posts in  and  were reported. It was noted that he had apologised for his posts, saying: “I have now deleted these posts and recognise why they were offensive”. It was further reported that he had said he would be contacting Labour’s Jewish affiliate for talks, and that he had added: “I am completely and unreservedly committed to supporting Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner’s pledge to rid the party of anti-semitism [sic].”
On 12th July 2020, Labour’s Jewish affiliate issued the following statement: “Lloyd Russell-Moyle has, in his short time in Parliament, managed to attract constant controversy in relation to antisemitism, which has caused deep upset and distress within the Jewish community in Brighton and Hove…Taken together they appear to be a pattern of behaviour that is simply not acceptable for a front bench member of the Parliamentary Labour Party. Shortly after the 2017 election, Russell-Moyle spontaneously joined a planned meeting…We have had no formal contact with or from him since.”
On 16th July 2020, Mr Russell-Moyle announced on Twitter that he had resigned from the shadow cabinet, writing: “It is with regret I leave the shadow ministry, owing to a campaign by right-wing media my position has become untenable.”
We do not know whether disciplinary action has been taken by the Labour Party against Mr Russell-Moyle, and at the time of writing, on 1st July 2020, 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 July 2020, Campaign Against Antisemitism put this matter to both Mr Russell-Moyle and the Labour Party, but did not receive a response.