A Labour Party council leader has been taken to task by chairs of three city Constituency Labour Party groups after he had threatened to ban his own party’s conference from the town.
Warren Morgan, leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, had made a public statement following the party’s September party conference. He told the party it might not be welcome back in the city unless it took stronger steps to combat alleged anti-Semitic statements expressed in fringe meetings.
In a letter to Labour Party general secretary Iain McNicol, Morgan had said: “As the Labour leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, I will undoubtedly face questions as to why we allow any event where anti-Semitic views are freely expressed to happen in the city, particularly on council premises.”
Morgan had called for reassurances that there would be no repeat of the behaviour and actions seen at the September conference before any further bookings from the party were taken.
The local newspaper, Brighton Argus now claims to have seen an email from 28 September, co-signed by Miriam Binder, Anne Pissaridou and Jon Rogers – the chairs of the Kemptown, Hove, and Pavilion CLPs – condemning Morgan’s statement as “hasty, intemperate and ill-judged” and a “gift to opponents of Labour nationally”.
Cllr Morgan maintained he had expected support not condemnation from Labour colleagues and said he was standing in solidarity with the Jewish community in the city.