© Harry White 2019

NEWS: new Labour guidance on antisemitism is available here. but more must be done.

We, as Labour members and affiliates from Brighton, Hove and the surrounding area, representing all wings of the Party, hereby register our commitment to tackling antisemitism in our Party, which has caused so much distress to the local Jewish community in our city. We believe that the actions taken by the Party so far, as well as the complaints procedure, have been and are inadequate in addressing the serious problem that exists within the party. As things stand, a culture has developed that gives licence to antisemitism, and which equates the criticism of such behaviour, and the Party’s disciplinary processes, as disloyal to the Labour leadership. As we have seen in Brighton and Hove, this can then lead to harassment of those with legitimate concerns. Such a situation clearly has to be tackled. To these ends we call on Labour’s NEC and Brighton and Hove Labour Party organisations to act decisively on antisemitism in the Party, and specifically to:

Work for an independent complaints procedure free from political interference.

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Seek the expulsion of any individual knowingly supporting or sharing a platform with members suspended or expelled for anti-Semitism.

2.

Keep people safe by changing the rules to prevent those suspended for any type of harassment from attending Labour meetings of any type including branch meetings and social events arranged to raise funds for or promote the Labour Party.

3.

Seek the expulsion of those attempting to influence victims of harassment or witnesses through social or print media into withdrawing their complaints, or for encouraging others to victimise them.

4.

Ensure that complainants who are the victims of incidents, including via digital channels, are updated at least fortnightly on the progress and outcomes of their complaints. Where victims are not the complainant, they should be made aware that a third party has complained and provided with updates. 

5.

Fully assist the EHRC enquiry into antisemitism by providing evidence of the numerous incidents within our local party.

6.

Adopt a zero-tolerance policy for the dissemination and sharing of antisemitic material on social media and all communications platforms.

7.

Require all three Brighton and Hove CLPs to receive training on antisemitism, provided by organisations which have the confidence of the local Jewish community.

8.

Send out information on eradicating antisemitism to all members based on Labour’s code of conduct and the IHRA definition (as agreed by Labour’s NEC in 2018). 

9.

Ensure that the IHRA definition of antisemitism (and its examples) signed up to by the Labour Party and the Macpherson principles, which define racist incidents as those which are perceived as such by the victim or any other person, are used as benchmarks when evaluating cases of antisemitism.​

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Our signatories are currently being reviewed.  Despite attempts from those cowering in anonymity to disrupt our movement, we remain steadfast in our commitment to battle antisemitism, and all other types of racism and bigotry in our party. An investigation is underway.