Following my post yesterday about Abul “Abz” Hussain and his charming banter on Facebook (“I should have put u on that convoy to Gaza, could have traded the Jew with the Israelis to let the aid through, but then again they’d probably reject u as ur too much of a jew by their standards!”), Respect’s top officials last night met to discuss his future.
They have removed him from his position on the National Council and expelled him from the party. Whether Lutfur Rahman will want the help I’m sure he’ll want to give on the doorstep in Tower Hamlets over the next month is unknown (he polled 1,261 votes in the Stepney Green and St Dunstan’s ward in his failed bid for a seat on Tower Hamlets council last May).
Here’s Respect’s statemement in full:
The Respect Party is committed to opposing prejudice and racism wherever it appears. We believe that racism divides communities, undermines human dignity, leads to hate and allows those trying to reduce resources and facilities to find easy scapegoats. Anti-Semitism has been a favoured form of prejudice in Europe over the last century and Respect is totally hostile to it.
We are extremely upset to discover that recently published comments from one of our party members are indicative of anti-Semitism. The National Officers have conducted an investigation and met on Monday evening (27 September) to consider the matter. We have decided that such views are demonstrably incompatible with party membership. The individual has been removed from all positions held within the Respect Party and he has been expelled with immediate effect.
The Respect Party believes it , and its members, have a responsibility to uphold firmly anti-racist principles. It is one of our founding tenets and all forms of racist sentiment will not be tolerated.
Clive Searle, National Secretary
Dr Kay Phillips, National Chair
Chris Chilvers, National Treasurer.
Monday 27 September 2010.