The Equalities Human Right Commission (EHRC) report into Labour’s antisemitism issues made for difficult reading. It outlined the serious concerns about allegations of antisemitism and a number of complaints that the Labour Party has received. The report highlighted serious failings in my party’s complaints system when dealing with antisemitism and a serious failure of leadership in confronting it.
You can read the EHRC report here.
Luke Pollard said:
“More importantly than anything, I like to express how deeply sorry I am to the Jewish community of Great Britain, including the Jewish community in Plymouth and to the Jewish members of our local party – many of whom would have experienced the hurt caused by our party’s failings on antisemitism first-hand. It is a shameful period for our party, and one that we need to seriously reflect over if we wish to be a party that is unashamedly pro-equality and anti-racist in deeds as well as words.”
“It is up to us to rebuild trust for the Labour Party within the Jewish community, and we do that not with words but with action. I’m thankful for the EHRC’s work on this comprehensive, rigorous, and thoroughly professional report. I am pleased that Keir Starmer has said that the EHRC recommendations were fully accepted and will be fully implemented as quickly as possible.
“There should be no place in the Labour Party for anyone with antisemitic views. Keir has also laid out clearly that those who deny there is a problem and the scale of the problem are also part of the problem.
“The EHRC has highlighted the importance of political figures not interfering in individual cases related to antisemitism and I will be following that guidance fully in all current cases.”
You can watch Keir Starmer’s response here.