'Derby North MP Chris Williamson has spoken out about the "incredibly hurtful" and "inaccurate" accusations that surrounded his recent suspension from the Labour Party over the issue of anti-Semitism.
And he has revealed that the episode led to his receiving death threats.
In an exclusive interview with Derbyshire Live, Mr Williamson, whose readmission to the Labour Party earlier this week has prompted a backlash from some of his fellow Labour MPs, said he had not expected such a reaction to his suspension being lifted.
Mr Williamson was suspended from the party, having provoked outrage when he said that Labour had been "too apologetic" over anti-Semitism.
Since his readmission, which he says he has not been officially notified about, more than 120 Labour MPs and peers are reported to have signed a statement urging Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to overturn the decision and review the situation.
Mr Williamson said: "It's very sad. I have spent my life fighting racism and bigotry. It was incredibly hurtful to be subjected to these inaccurate accusations. I was standing up for people who have been unfairly accused of anti-Semitism.
"Two things brought everything to a head. One was the speech in Sheffield which has been misreported and I was trying to say that the Labour Party has done more than any party to eliminate bigotry. I think I have been unfairly criticised and a feeding frenzy has ensued.
"Being subject to these grotesque accusations has been a very difficult time and really upsetting. The thing that has sustained me has been the support of people in Derby and all four nations of the United Kingdom."
Mr Williamson said he expected some people might be against his readmission but added: "I did not expect them to resort to this sort of tactic. I just think it is very unfair."'
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