Suspended then readmitted to Labour
George McManus is a high-profile member of Labour's Beverley and Holderness CLP in East Yorkshire, having previously stood as a parliamentary candidate in the seat in 2005. McManus was suspended by the party on 6 August 2018 over an alleged anti-Semitic Facebook comment on an online story about Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson calling for a halt to arguments over anti-semitism within the party.
In his post, George McManus claimed Watson had "received £50,000+ from Jewish donors" before adding: "At least Judas only got 30 pieces of silver". Following a formal complaint of antisemitism by Labour MP Luciana Berger, the NEC suspended McManus, a member of Labour's National Policy Forum.
After deleting the post, he apologised on Facebook:
- "I'd like to apologise to Tom Watson and to the Jewish community for my drawing an analogy between him accepting money from Jewish donors and the biblical story of the betrayal by Judas. I fully accept that such an analogy is wrong and am sorry for making the comparison. I have now deleted the original post."
George McManus was readmitted to the party on 27 September 2018.