On 18th April 2018, the Guido Fawkes blog exposed the offending tweets by a Twitter account known as @CambiarCultura, and linked them to Dr Gordon-Nesbitt. It reported that Dr Gordon-Nesbitt had registered the website of an organisation called The Centre for Cultural Change in 2014, and that she was its only listed staff member. Tweets referencing academic events in which Dr Gordon-Nesbitt was involved and interviews in which she participated, and otherwise promoting her work, all appear to address the @CambiaCultura account as if she was its primary user, including her publishers, who identify her both by name and photographically in relation to the account.
On 19th April 2018, the Guido Fawkes blog reported that The Centre for Cultural Change’s website had been taken offline and that the @CambiarCultura Twitter account had been deleted.
On 28th April 2019, it was reported that Dr Gordon-Nesbitt had issued an apology, saying: “In 2016, I registered the url [website] for The Centre for Cultural Change, an anonymous blog and twitter group run by activists from the Kent area. I am sincerely sorry for any hurt and offence caused by tweets from the account and regret that I did not understand this at the time they were posted. I have since developed a deeper understanding of antisemitism and the prevalence of antisemitic tropes, and I believe the expansion of political education on antisemitism within our movement is an essential step forward. I fully support the efforts the Party is taking to stamp out antisemitism, and I look forward to working with the Jewish community in my constituency to raise awareness of antisemitism within our Party and within wider society.”
On 18th December 2018, Dr Gordon-Nesbitt wrote on Facebook that Labour’s National Executive Committee had that day decided against endorsing her candidacy for the South Thanet constituency. She stated: “The NEC’s decision was taken on the basis of three tweets that were posted from the Centre for Cultural Change Twitter account, run by a group of academics, to which I occasionally contributed well before I decided to stand as a parliamentary candidate. The Centre for Cultural Change tweets were in no way intended to imply that antisemitism doesn’t exist in the Labour Party. They were taken out of context on the right-wing Guido Fawkes hate blog to imply that I was antisemitic.” She added that the NEC had decided not to endorse her on the basis that she had “brought the party into disrepute.”
On 12th January 2019, the Jewish Voice for Labour website published a fundraising plea from Dr Gordon-Nesbitt to support her in legal action against the Labour Party’s decision to deselect her. Jewish Voice for Labour is an antisemitism denial group whose purpose is to provide an ostensibly Jewish voice in support of some of the most extreme elements of the Labour Party.
On 10th March 2019, it was reported that the Sunday Times had obtained a leaked recording in which the Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell was heard expressing his support for Dr Gordon-Nesbitt at a meeting of the influential Labour Representation Committee, of which he is President.
On 16th May 2019, it was reported that Dr Gordon-Nesbitt had been cleared of the accusations against her by Labour’s National Constitutional Committee, and that she would be seeking reselection as the parliamentary candidate for Thanet South.
On 19th May 2019, the Labour Representation Committee issued a call for Dr Gordon-Nesbitt to be reinstated as candidate for Thanet South.
On 25th October 2019, Dr Gordon-Nesbitt posted a message of endorsement by Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, supporting her in her bid to be selected for Thanet South, on Facebook.
On 27th October 2019, the South Thanet Labour Party announced that Dr Gordon-Nesbitt had been selected to represent the Party at the forthcoming general election.
Owing to the conditions of secrecy imposed by Baroness Chakrabarti’s report on antisemitism in the Labour Party, the process and circumstances under which it was decided to clear Dr Gordon-Nesbitt remain unknown.
In November 2019, Campaign Against Antisemitism put this matter to Ms Gordon-Nesbitt, but did not receive a response.