New plan to tackle antisemitism in the Labour Party


The Jewish Labour Movement has unveiled a plan to tackle antisemitism within the Labour Party.

Working with MPs and activists around the country, the JLM wants to change party rules to ensure members who commit acts of Jew-hate are dealt with quickly and potentially banned for life.

The move follows two months of controversy around allegations of antisemitism against Labour members.

JLM chairman Jeremy Newmark told the BBC’s Today programme: "Everybody's talking about zero tolerance of antisemitism but it's become apparent because of a spate of incidents over the last couple of months that the rules and processes of the party don't provide adequate provision to deal with it."

He said the intention was to put new mechanisms in place in the coming months ahead of a possible vote on the policy at the Labour annual conference in the autumn.

The plan is backed by MPs including Wes Streeting, who told the BBC: "We've now got a problem where too many of our Jewish members and people out there in the country think the Labour Party is apathetic to antisemitism and it isn't a place for Jewish members.

"I think we've got to make sure that this party with its historic commitment to tackling all forms of prejudice including antisemitism is still a place for Jewish people."

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has recommended that people who express antisemitic views should be banned for life from the Labour Party.

Yesterday, the Commons’ Home Affairs Select Committee unveiled plans for an inquiry into rising antisemitism.

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