Starmer ‘pleased with progress’

The Labour leader also used his Pesach message to praise the efforts of the community during the pandemic


Sir Keir Starmer has said he is “pleased with the progress” his party has made over the past year in tackling the “stain” of antisemitism. 

In a video message to the Jewish community released ahead of Pesach, the Labour leader added:”I know there is more work to be done.”

Sir Keir said: “Last year we marked Passover as I was elected Leader of the Labour Party and I vowed to take action against the stain of antisemitism within our party. 

 “I am thankful for the opportunity the Jewish community has given me to begin to repair, to deepen, and to reinforce our relationship. 

 “I am pleased with the progress we have made although I know there is more work to be done. “

The Labour leader also used his Passover message to praise the community for their response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Jewish community who have come together to support those in need during this crisis,” he said.
 “Your acts of kindness and giving tzedakah are an inspiration.

 “And now Jewish people across the country are volunteering to help the vaccination effort and demonstrating the importance of getting your Covid vaccine.”

Sir Keir also some spoke of his regret that for a second Pesach in a row it was not possible for families to celebrate together. 

He said: “’Next year in person’ is no doubt what you would have said to each other as you finished your Seder meals last year. 

 “But once again coming together for Passover is not possible. 

 “Sadly that means many across the country will be alone as they mark this important festival. 

 “And, of course, I know many in the Jewish community have lost loved ones. My condolences and thoughts are with you and your families.

“I hope that next year you will be able to celebrate in person once again.”

Reflecting on the Passover story he said he knew it “is one that you draw strength from at this time”.

Sir Keir continued:”The story of the Exodus from Egypt, liberation and the freedom from slavery has inspired generations.” 

He also said that over the past year his appearances at Limmud and various synagogue events had improved his engagement with the wider community. 

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