Thurrock Labour activist "expelled" over "anti-semitic" tweets

THURROCK Labour activist Scott Nelson has been expelled by the Labour Party due to what has been described as "anti-semitic" tweets.

Aveley-based Scott only appeared on the political scene a couple of years go but has built up a considerable following on social media such as Twitter under the name of @MockneyRebel. He has over 20,000 followers.

One could safely describe Scott’s politics as left wing. His enthusiasm hit new heights when Jeremy Corbyn became leader of the Labour Party. Scott went to the Labour Party conference in the autumn where he spent a great deal of time capturing selfie’s with prominent Labour politicians.

However, Scott has not, to this date, been able to secure a council seat and some believe that the leader of Thurrock Labour, cllr John Kent has alway been keen to keep the firebrands at arms length. Infact we are not even sure, cllr Kent has ever met Scott Nelson.

Scott is not shy at attacking/taking part in robust debates on social media and has a special place for UKIP personnel.

Last night, an exchange began which broached the subject of Middle East politics.

There was a stream of protests regarding his tweets.

At 10.30 pm, a tweet from the Labour Party press team stated. "The tweets are unacceptable and he (Scott Nelson) has already been removed from the party."

On Saturday afternoon, UKIP issued a press release which detailed a long time-line of tweets where Scott Nelson had made observations on Israeli politics as well as the alleged business practices of a number of companies.

UKIP also claimed that they had complained to Thurrock Labour about Scott before but allegedly, nothing was done.

We asked Scott Nelson for his version of events.

Scott said "Today I received written confirmation from the Labour Party informing me that my membership has been terminated. I will be lodging an appeal on Monday.

"Having thought about this matter, I accept that I used clumsy and inappropriate wording concerning the Jewish heritage of Tesco and M&S by mentioning Jewish blood and my comments about Blairites being purged for disloyalty to Jeremy Corbyn.

"It was not my intention to cause any offence or distress and I apologise to anyone who have been affected, and I also apologise to the Labour Party. I will request to have a statement released by the Labour Press Office and to talk to Labour Friends of Israel.

"I have supported Labour since I was first eligible to vote in 1996 and I joined the Party last year because I wanted to make a difference. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am not racist nor am I antisemitic, I condemn all forms of racism and bigotry which is why I am so vocal about it.

"Yes, I made some stupid and inappropriate comments. Yes, I accept that people are offended. Yes, I accept that some people will not forgive me. Yes, accept that people will be celebrating at this until New Year’s Day. But whether I rejoin Labour or not, I will continue my campaign for social justice, disability rights and equality. I also want people to remain loyal to Jeremy Corbyn and continue fighting the Conservative Party alongside him. Stand in solidarity because Jeremy needs you.

"I have been overwhelmed with support and kind messages – thank you. Whatever happens, I will still continue to support Jeremy Corbyn, Momentum and this wonderful new left-wing movement in any capacity I can".

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