Source: Labour List UK
The Jewish Labour Movement has told Labour representatives to “stay well clear” of members expelled over antisemitism after two MPs were reported to have joined a controversial meeting.
Ex-frontbenchers Diane Abbott and Bell Ribeiro-Addy discussed the future of the Labour left with expelled activists including Tony Greenstein and Jackie Walker, the Jewish Chronicle reported.
They were addressing a meeting of the newly formed ‘Don’t Leave, Organise’ group – made up of Red Labour, Jewish Voice for Labour and the Labour Representation Committee.
The new left-wing group launched earlier this month with the backing of former MP Laura Pidcock, the Bakers’ Union, former candidate for Labour’s national executive committee Jo Bird.
A spokesperson for JLM said: “If the Labour Party are going to be able to demonstrate that it has taken antisemitism and racism seriously, then it needs to show consistency.
“That includes anyone who holds a position of responsibility within the party staying well clear of those who do not share our values.”
Amid calls for disciplinary action to be taken against MPs participating in the call, a Labour spokesperson said: “The previous comments made by some of the individuals on this call are completely unacceptable.
“These are not people who support the values of the Labour Party. This is being made clear to the Labour MPs who attended the call in the strongest possible terms and they are being reminded of their responsibilities and obligations.”
The president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Marie van der Zyl, has urged “swift and decision action” to be taken by the party “to show that this is a new era”.
The organisation pointed out that not doing so would go against its ‘ten pledges to end the antisemitism crisis‘ that all Labour leadership candidates signed up to during the campaign this year.