TONY Blair’s spin doctor Alastair Campbell was today thrown out of the Labour party – after he voted for the Lib Dems.
The Labour veteran has his membership revoked for publicly backing another party in the European elections.
Mr Campbell blasted Labour for kicking him out – when activists accused of anti-Semitism have been allowed to stay in.
The spin doctor was Mr Blair’s press secretary in 10 Downing Street then became Labour’s press secretary and campaign director.
He is known as one of the ex-PM’s closest allies and is now a leading figure in the People’s Vote campaign.
Mr Campbell revealed on Sunday night that he voted Lib Dem in protest against Jeremy Corbyn’s flip-flopping on Brexit.
He said today: “Sad and disappointed to receive email expelling me from Labour particularly on a day leadership finally seems to be moving to the right place on Brexit, not least thanks to tactical voting by party members, including MPs, councillors and peers who back a second referendum.
“I am and always will be Labour. I voted Lib Dem, without advance publicity, to try to persuade Labour to do right thing for country/party.
“Hard not to point out difference in the way anti-Semitism cases have been handled.”
Mr Campbell vowed to appeal against his expulsion – and pointed out that senior Labour officials have previously backed other parties such as the Communists.
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Labour MPs hit out at Jeremy Corbyn’s team for acting more quickly against Mr Campbell than against alleged anti-Semites.
Jess Phillips blasted: “He was expelled quicker than a man who threatened to kill me, quicker than a man in my CLP who denied the Holocaust, both are only still suspended.”
Mr Blair today revealed that he did vote Labour in the European Parliament election – but said he understood party supporters who abandoned it this time around.
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