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.”

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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.

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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.

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