EXCLUSIVE: Labour suspend new Haringey councillor after ‘rabbi’ tweet

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EXCLUSIVE: Labour suspend new Haringey councillor after ‘rabbi’ tweet

Party sources confirmed on Tuesday that Labour had suspended Joy Wallace after tweets including claims a rabbi was “paid and rewarded handsomely” for criticising Jeremy Corbyn

Lee Harpin is the Jewish News's political editor

Haringey Civic Centre
Haringey Civic Centre

A Haringey Labour councillor at the centre of antisemitism claims has been suspended by the party, Jewish News can reveal.

Party sources confirmed on Tuesday that Labour had suspended Joy Wallace in accordance with  standard investigative and membership processes.

Wallace, elected in the Fortis Green ward in last month’s local elections, had earlier been placed under investigation by Labour following tweets linked to her on an account with the name @JoyWall79169497.

Among the tweets highlighted was one alleging that a Rabbi was “paid and rewarded handsomely” for criticising Jeremy Corbyn on BBC Radio 4.

Another said of Conservative MP Priti Patel: “She does not consider her parents refugees/migrants or in fact that her ENTIRE family are ethnic people… because she has straight hair and nose. Her skin might be vitiligo or a strong sunbed?!”

An administrative suspension means that Wallace cannot attend any party meetings including meetings of her own branch, constituency, annual conference or any other Party event.

She also cannot hold office within the Party at any level.

The Labour leader of Haringey Council has warned local party councillors she “will not tolerate antisemitism” amid concerns over newly elected representatives in the borough.

Council leader Peray Ahmet also warned Labour councillors that they will be expected to resign if they fail to declare any damaging conduct from their pasts.

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