Jeremy Corbyn lays out plans for tackling antisemitism in Labour

Jeremy Corbyn will face Labour organisers tomorrow

Monday, July 22, 2019

Jeremy Corbyn has set-out measures to speed up the disciplinary process in cases of antisemitism inside the Labour Party.

The Labour leader told his shadow cabinet he plans to propose “a new way of dealing with the most extreme cases” of discrimination at a meeting of the party’s National Executive Committee on Tuesday.

He said the current processes for dealing with serious cases were “not good enough” and has backed a plan that hands the power to expel antisemites to a special panel.

This panel would consist of Labour's general secretary Jennie Formby and NEC officers.

Mr Corbyn told the shadow cabinet the party must stand for “serious, anti-racist, inclusive socialism”.

“It is wrong to deny there is antisemitism in the Labour Party. And those who deny that it does exist are part of the problem,” he said.

“Defining what would qualify as an extreme case of hate and bigotry is of course a sensitive and complex area, and I would like the NEC to look at that in more detail.”

He said there had been improvements in the disciplinary processes, but some complaints have taken “too long to deal with”.

“This is not good enough. Our members don't want to share their party with anyone who is racist - and they want to be able to demonstrate there is no place for antisemitism among them,” he said.

In the first six months of this year there have been complaints against 625 Labour members relating to antisemitism – around 0.1 per cent of the party membership.

In 28 of the most serious cases eight members were expelled, three received an extended suspension and four received a warning.

A further 12 left the party after being referred to Labour’s disciplinary body.

There were also complaints about 658 people who are not in the party.

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