I am emailing to express deep concerns about the choice of Chris Williamson as a panelist for the Environment panel for Bristol Transformed.
I’m certain that your organisers view it as key to ensure that your event is inclusive to all. This is incompatible with his attendance. He has repeatedly shown a hostility and contempt towards the concerns expressed by the party’s Jewish members and this cannot go ignored.
His support for Ken Livingstone and Peter Willsman long after it had become clear their actions had become entirely indefensible demonstrated a capability for solidarity that was simply not present in his approach to the Jewish community. His recent promotion of the Gilad Atzmon petition compounded the culture of toxicity that his actions continue to promote.
I am emailing because I am concerned that a failure to deal with this properly will stain an event which should represent a positive, vibrant expression of the 21st century left.