Jeremy Corbyn launches faith manifesto amid antisemitism row

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Labour has promised to teach children about “injustice, colonialism and the role of the British Empire” as part of the national curriculum if elected.

Leader Jeremy Corbyn will launch his party’s race and faith manifesto in Tottenham on Tuesday, with pledges to improve social justice and human rights.

The launch has been overshadowed by Britain’s Chief Rabbi’s criticism of Mr Corbyn’s leadership, who said his handling of antisemitism was “incompatible” with British values.

Labour said an “emancipation educational trust” would also be formed “to ensure historical injustice, colonialism and role of the British Empire is taught in the national curriculum”.

The trust would also address the legacy of slavery and how it “interrupted a rich and powerful black history”.

Labour candidate Stephen Timms told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer students would gain a full history of colonialism under the trust.

“Children in school will know about the history of slavery and the consequences of slavery but also, as the name implies, how Britain abolished slavery and that part of our history as well,” he said.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said the manifesto came at a poor time for Labour, as the party continued to deal with with allegations of antisemitism.

“It's staggering that Corbyn's Labour see fit to lecture people about race and faith while they are investigated by the Equality and Human Rights Commission for the rampant antisemitism in their ranks,” she added.

National Education Union (NEU) joint general secretary Dr Mary Bousted welcomed the proposals, and said “all young people benefit” from learning about the struggle against colonialism.

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