Labour's ten-point plan to end anti-semitism in race challenge for new Leader
Anti-semitism has today been thrust to the very heart of the Labour leadership contest with a challenge for all contenders to solve the problem fast.
Leaders from the Jewish community have called on every candidate to sign a ten-point pledge to rid the party of vile racism.
The move came after Keir Starmer vowed to stamp out anti-semitism if he succeeds Jeremy Corbyn .
At his campaign launch yesterday in Manchester – attended by Baroness Doreen Lawrence – he said Labour had not done enough to tackle the issue which had dogged Mr Corbyn.
And he vowed: “What I would do is lead from the top and say it’s my responsibility to deal with it. I wouldn’t say it’s for somebody else. I want the files. I want the numbers on my desk.”
Labour’s General Election campaign was derailed when Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said Mr Corbyn was unfit for high office because of anti-Semitism and that a victory for Labour would put the “very soul of our nation” at stake.
In its statement today, the Board of Deputies of British Jews calls on all contenders to sign up to its ten-point plan. It includes settling all outstanding anti-Semitism cases by a fixed deadline.
Mr Corbyn’s aides have been accused of interfering in cases against members facing claims of anti-Semitism.
The Deputies say the new leader must ensure the internal disciplinary process is “independent”.
They also call for awareness programmes.
Prosecutors are considering charges against five people in the party over anti-Semitism. The issue re-emerged ahead of the close of nominations for the leader and deputy leader tomorrow.
Jess Phillips, who has the backing of 22 MPs – just above the 21 threshold – was first to back the ten points, saying: “Happy to sign up to these, of course.”
Sir Keir is favourite for the top job, ahead of Rebecca Long Bailey.Source: Read Full Article