Calls for this councillor’s resignation are unwarranted
12 November, 2020
Councillor Thomas Gardiner
• WE are writing as Labour Party members in Camden in support of Councillor Thomas Gardiner who has an exemplary record of upholding anti-racist values.
We were astonished to read that Camden councillors from the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties are opportunistically calling for the resignation of a duly elected Labour councillor, (Opposition groups call for Labour councillor to quit, November 2).
We can understand that it would be more convenient for them if such a stalwart defender of social justice in our borough were out of their way.
But they have to understand that we need politicians like Cllr Gardiner to legitimately represent minority groups and interests. He is committed to fighting discrimination and is a ready ally for those suffering injustice.
Do they not remember how he supported the expansion of a local synagogue when others were encouraging residents to oppose it?
And actively campaigned for reforms in Camden’s planning rules to make it more straightforward for Jewish and Muslim communities to obtain permission for places of worship?
The Equality and Human Rights Commission report to which they refer finds no wrongdoing by Cllr Gardiner, but rather references improvements he brought about.
It is disingenuous at best of the opposition councillors to use such an important issue as anti-Semitism to attempt to instruct the majority Labour Party to remove a thorn in the opposition side. We none of us tolerate anti-Semitism and want to re-educate any who do.
As Camden Council leader Georgia Gould has said, we work together “to eradicate the evil of anti-Semitism from our party and community.”
Signatories: DOROTHEA HACKMAN, CHRIS POWELL, SHEZAN ABDUL, PAUL RENNY, CLLR RANJIT SINGH, ELAINE DONNELLAN, GARETH MURPHY, HEATHER BOWER, TOM SELWYN, SARAH FRIDAY, CLLR SUE VINCENT, CLLR LEO CASSARANI, CLLR SIMON PEARSON, CLLR GAIL MCANENA WOOD, CLLR DOUGLAS BEATTIE, CLLR NAYRA BELLO O’SHANAHAN, CLLR ROGER ROBINSON, ZOHREH KAMALI-NEJAD, JULIAN HOUGH, MARY O’SULLIVAN, SHIRINE AZZI, STEPHEN KAPOS, RICHARD KUPER, ROBERT WEST, ELIZABETH DORE, AMANDA SEBESTYEN, LINDA LEFEVRE, HELENA AKSENTIJEVIC, UNA DOYLE, ANNA ROSE, MARK DENNISON, DIANE PEARSON, PAUL O’BRIEN, RUTH APPLETON, HARRIET EVANS, JOHN PURCELL, FELICITY TAYLOR, SUSANNA MITCHELL, MICHAEL BROWN, KUMIKO SHIMIZU, PETER ROBBINS, ANDREW FEINSTEIN, LORD HENDY QC, PATSY DOWNEY, TOM REED, NICO CSERGO, JO ROSTRON, JIMENA CASTRO, PETER WICKENDEN, ZULMA WICKENDEN, LUKE PEARSON, MARTIN FAHEY, BERNARD MILLER, MARY O’SULLIVAN, THOMAS MUIRHEAD, AGNES KORY, LUCY MOY THOMAS, NICHOLAS WEAVER, RIMSHA ABDUL, ELI MAKOVER