Over the last few years, Jewish colleagues, friends and Labour members have been subjected to antisemitism in the Labour party. I am truly sorry for this and for the harm and hurt it has caused.
As an elected Labour representative and since April a member of the Shadow Cabinet, I have a responsibility for healing this harm and taking a proactive role. I take this very seriously and have taken many actions to challenge antisemitism and to build positive relationships with my Jewish constituents (who have a range of views, of course) in the last few years. I will continue to take a strong stance in this area.
I fully supported the decision of the Jewish Labour Movement to report the Labour party to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), though clearly this was a distressing necessity, the recent report has shown it was justified.
On Thursday the EHRC report was published. I’ve read it, and it makes upsetting reading for anyone who cares about fighting antisemitism and anyone who cares about the Labour Party.
I fully support the findings and the recommendations and will do everything I can to help to implement them rapidly and play my part in repairing the damage of the last few years. I’ve reached out to Jewish constituents and colleagues as well as to Labour officials, colleagues and members to start the process locally.
The Labour Party has created a dedicated EHRC Report webpage. The page has a Q&A regarding the report and its recommendations as well as Keir Starmer’s response to the publication of the report.
The Labour Party has published guidance for CLPs including on use of social media accounts of party units, online discussion forums and motions proposed at branches and constituency meetings.