Times' letter: Antisemitism in Labour party
PUBLISHED: 08:30 21 July 2019
Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Times' readers this week.
Don't ignore antisemitsm
Kirsty Allan, Liberal Democrat parliamentary spokesperson, Hampstead & Kilburn; Stephen Crosher, Liberal Democrat parliamentary spokesperson, Holborn & St Pancras; Cllr Flick Rea, leader, Liberal Democrat group, Camden Council; Cllr Luisa Porritt, MEP and Liberal Democrat group chief whip, Camden Council and Cllr Tom Simon, deputy leader, Liberal Democrat group, Camden Council, write:
We, as representatives of Camden Liberal Democrats, are seriously worried about the latest evidence of antisemitism in the Labour Party and its failure to tackle it.
We are particularly concerned by the way this national scandal is featuring in Camden life.
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As the Panorama programme on antisemitism within the Labour party aired last week, a questionnaire to members of the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) was circulated at a meeting of the Hampstead and Kilburn Constituency Labour Party.
It included questions such as "what is the relationship between JLM and the Israeli embassy in London?"
Tulip Siddiq, Hampstead and Kilburn's Labour MP, has been silent on the latest problems within her own Constituency Labour Party (CLP). Officers of the CLP have condemned the material, but it is not clear that any action has been taken against those who circulated it.
All Camden residents deserve to know that they will be represented by their councillors and MPs, regardless of their heritage or faith.
Tulip Siddiq MP and the leader of Camden Council, Georgia Gould, must make their positions clear on these issues if they are to begin to rebuild trust with the community.
Camden Labour must stand up and be counted - their inaction on these issues cannot continue.