Clive Lewis has been reappointed to the Labour frontbench in a reshuffle

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2018

Mr Lewis denied the allegation, and said he was "very pleased to be able toput this behind me and move on" after he was cleared by the party.

A staunch ally of Jeremy Corbyn who quit the opposition frontbench this week, "should have been sacked long ago" for his remarks about anti-Semitism according to a colleague.

Mr Corbyn said: "I am grateful for Chris' work on the frontbench, particularly on fire safety following the appalling Grenfell Tower Fire".

In August, discussing rows over Mr Corbyn's handling of anti-Semitism in the party, Mr Williamson told The Guardian: "Many people in the Jewish community are appalled by what they see as the weaponisation of anti-Semitism for political ends". In Wales, the national assembly still has the power has the power to "cap" local authorities' council tax rises.

Following the furore surrounding his remarks, Lewis tweeted: "I apologise unreservedly for the language I used at an event in Brighton last month".

But Conservative Party chairman Brandon Lewis claimed he had been "forced out" because he had "exposed Labour's plans for soaring increases in council tax, and his plans have been endorsed by Labour activists across the country".

Clive Lewis apologised after telling someone to get "on your knees bitch" at a Momentum conference.

A Corbyn-supporter, he was regarded as a rising star before resigning as shadow business secretary previous year after refusing to obey the party's three-line whip and vote for the bill allowing Theresa May to trigger article 50, the formal process for leaving the European Union.

MPs Preet Gill, Jack Dromey and Karen Lee have also been appointed to the shadow team.

Among the other appointments, none of which are at shadow cabinet level, is the Dewsbury MP, Paula Sherriff, who has campaigned for the abolition of Value-Added Tax on sanitary products. Labour is keen to win over older voters, who overwhelmingly backed the Tories last June.

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