Former Jewish Society chair backed to replace Ken Livingstone on Labour executive


A former Jewish Society chair has been backed to replace Ken Livingstone on Labour’s National Executive Committee.

Rhea Wolfson, a Scottish Labour activist, has the support of the pro-Corbyn campaign group Momentum.

She is expected to replace the suspended Mr Livingstone and represent the Centre-Left Grassroots Alliance, for the place on the party’s governing body.

Welcoming her NEC bid, Jon Lansman, chair of Momentum’s steering committee, said: “Rhea Wolfson is a very impressive young woman, committed to fighting for a more democratic party and a credible democratic socialist agenda.

“As a young, Jewish Scot, she will provide important perspectives that will improve the running of the Labour Party.”

A former president of Oxford University's Jewish and Israel societies, and an ex-chair of the Zionist Youth Council, Ms Wolfson supported Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership campaign last summer .

Announcing her NEC bid, she said: “Britain needs a Labour Party that can deliver a confident and credible democratic socialist agenda.

“An alternative to the inequality of conservatism and the inertia of nationalism - with fairness and equality at its heart.”

Mr Livingstone is ineligible to stand due to his current suspension from the party over his comments about Hitler and Zionism.

Ms Wolfson a former outreach manager for the New Israel Fund - a liberal Zionist group that fundraises for social justice initiatives said she was committed to restoring Labour’s fortunes in Scotland.

She said: “Labour must be the party that stands against austerity to improve the lives of working people across borders.”

“Our party needs to be strong and united, with all levels of the party working in a transparent and tolerant manner. I will work to empower members, local parties, and activists; to fight for a more democratic party that can deliver change - and ultimately, deliver victory.”

Nominations to replace Mr Livingstone on the NEC close on June 24.

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