‘We do not believe Labour has the will to stop antisemitism’

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The head of the Jewish Leadership Council said he does not “have confidence that the correct action is being taken” on allegations of antisemitism within the Labour Party.

Simon Johnson told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer Labour is “crying out” for an independent review.

“We as a community, particularly after last night’s program, do not have confidence that the correct action is being taken or that there is the real political will at the top of the Labour Party to take the necessary action,” he said.

“When they said that they have speeded up the processes, they have, but they were glacial before that.”

Eight former Labour officials told the BBC’s Panorama program their work in the disputes team was obstructed and punishments were downgraded.

Mr Johnson said those working in the disciplinary process were being “systematically ignored then harangued and then harassed and smeared for doing their job”.

He said he is not surprised the Equality and Human Rights Commission is investigating Labour over whether it discriminates against Jewish people.

“In the end this is not a battle for public appeal, this is about making a real and significant change in the Labour Party where you have Jewish members who no longer feel that it’s a home for them,” he said.

“We met with Jeremy Corbyn as I’ve said over 12 months ago. One of the things we asked for is a genuinely independent process.”

A Labour spokesperson said the party is “determined to tackle antisemitism and root it out”.

“Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party are fully committed to the support, defence and celebration of the Jewish community and implacably opposed to antisemitism in any form,” they said.

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