Not in my name - CLP Motion

Following the decision by Labour’s National Constitutional Committee not to expel Ken Livingstone, here is a draft motion for you to submit to your CLP. Branch meetings are usually at the end of the month

Not in my name 

XXX branch believes that XXX CLP should condemn the recent decision by Labour’s National Constitutional Committee not to expel Ken Livingstone, despite finding him guilty on all counts of bringing the Party into disrepute. We believe that decision is a betrayal of our Party’s fundamental anti-racist values, and a betrayal of the Jewish communities Labour should be seeking to represent.

Ken Livingstone has wilfully misconstrued history to suit his agenda and to cause maximum offence and upset to the UK Jewish community and Holocaust survivors.

His comments have emboldened the far right and Holocaust deniers, and brought shame on our Party. XXX CLP stands united with the Jewish Labour Movement and colleagues across the Party in making it clear that we will not allow Labour to become a home for antisemitism and Holocaust revisionism. 

This decision was not taken in our name, and we call on party members to stand in solidarity with the Jewish Labour Movement and the wider Jewish community and electorate

 

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100 Labour MPs sign statement condemning betrayal of party’s values over antisemitism

Following the decision by Labour’s National Constitutional Committee not to expel Ken Livingstone, 100 Labour MPs have signed the following statement:

"This week the institutions of the Labour Party have betrayed our values. We stand united in making it clear that we will not allow our party to be a home for antisemitism and Holocaust revisionism. We stand with the Jewish community and British society against this insidious racism. This was not done in our name and we will not allow it to go unchecked."

Labour MPs

Alexander

Heidi

Ali

Rushanara

Austin

Ian

Bailey

Adrian

Barron

Sir Kevin

Benn

Hilary

Berger

Luciana

Blenkinsop

Tom

Blomfield

Paul

Brabin

Tracy

Bradshaw

Ben

Buck

Karen

Bryant

Chris

Byrne

Liam

Cadbury

Ruth

Champion

Sarah

Coaker

Vernon

Coffey

Ann

Cooper

Yvette

Coyle

Neil

Creagh

Mary

Creasy

Stella

Cruddas

Jon

Dakin

Nic

David

Wayne

DePiero

Gloria

Debbonaire

Thangam

Doughty

Stephen

Dowd

Peter

Dromey

Jack

Dugher

Michael

Eagle

Angela

Eagle

Maria

Elliott

Julie

Ellman

Louise

Elmore

Chris

Evans

Chris

Field

Frank

Flint

Caroline

Foxcroft

Vicky

Furniss

Gill

Gapes

Mike

Gardiner

Barry

Glindon

Mary

Goodman

Helen

Green

Kate

Greenwood

Lilian

Griffith

Nia

Gywnne

Andrew

Haigh

Louise

Hanson

David

Harris

Carolyn

Hayes

Helen

Hillier

Meg

Hodge

Dame Margaret

Hodgson

Sharon

Huq

Rupa

Jarvis

Dan

Jones

Graham

Jones

Gerald

Jones

Helen

Jones

Susan Elan

Keeley

Barbara

Kendall

Liz

Kinnock

Stephen

Kyle

Peter

Lammy

David

Leslie

Chris

Lewell-Buck

Emma

Lewis

Ivan

Lucas

IanC.

Lynch

Holly

McCabe

Steve

McCarthy

Kerry

McDonagh

Siobhain

McFadden

Pat

McGinn

Conor

McGovern

Alison

McInnes

Liz

McKinnell

Catherine

Mactaggart

Fiona

McMahon

Jim

Madders

Justin

Malhotra

Seema

Mann

John

Marris

Rob

Maskell

Rachael

Matheson

Christian

Moon

Madeleine

Murray

Ian

Nandy

Lisa

Pennycook

Matthew

Perkins

Toby

Phillips

Jess

Phillipson

Bridget

Powell

Lucy

Rayner

Angela

Reynolds

Emma

Reynolds

Jonathan

Ryan

Joan

Sharma

Virendra

Shuker

Gavin

Siddiq

Tulip

Smeeth

Ruth

Smith

Angela

Smith

Jeff

Smith

Owen

Smyth

Karin

Snell

Gareth

Streeting

Wes

Thomas

Gareth

Timms

Stephen

Turley

Anna

Twigg

Stephen

Umunna

Chuka

West

Catherine

Wilson

Phil

Woodcock

John

Wright

Iain

 

 


Labour Peers 

Bns (Irene) Adams of Craigielea

Rt Hon Bns (Hilary) Armstrong of Hill Top

L (Willy) Bach

Rt Hon L (Steve) Bassam

L (Jeremy) Beecham

L (Clive) Brooke of Alverthorpe

L (Michael) Cashman

L (Ray) Collins of Highbury

Bns (Christine) Crawley

Rt Hon Bns (Brenda) Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde

L (Bernard) Donoughue

L (Alf) Dubs

Rt Hon L (Charlie) Falconer of Thoroton QC

Rt Hon L (George) Foulkes of Cumnock

Bns (Mary) Goudie

L (Toby) Harris of Haringey

Bns (Anna) Healy of Primrose Hill

Rt Hon Bns (Beverley) Hughes of Stretford

L (Julian) Hunt of Chesterton

Rt Hon L (Philip) Hunt of Kings Heath

Bns (Maggie) Jones of Whitchurch

Rt Hon B (Tessa) Jowell

L (Roy) Kennedy of Southwark

Bns (Denise) Kingsmill

Rt Hon L (Jim) Knight of Weymouth

Bns (Doreen) Lawrence of Clarendon

L (Chris) Lennie

L (Roger) Liddle

Bns (Ruth) Lister of Burtersett

L (Spencer) Livermore

L (Hector) MacKenzie of Culkein

L (Bill) McKenzie of Luton

L (Jon) Mendelsohn

L (Lewis) Moonie

Bns (Sally) Morgan of Huyton

Rt Hon L (Paul) Murphy of Torfaen

L (Martin) O’Neill of Clackmannan

Rt Hon Bns (Joyce) Quin

Bns (Meta) Ramsay of Cartvale

Rt Hon L (Jeff) Rooker

Rt Hon Bns (Jan) Royall of Blaisdon

Rt Hon Bns (Angela) Smith of Basildon

Bns (Glenys) Thornton

L (Don) Touhig

L (Dave) Watts

Bns (Margaret) Wheeler

Rt Hon L (Michael) Wills

L (Ken) Woolmer of Leeds

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Ken Livingstone not expelled from Labour

JLM Statement

Last night's National Constitutional Committee decision on Ken Livingstone was the ultimate betrayal of the "zero tolerance on antisemitism" that John McDonnell spoke about. A one year suspension from holding office within the Party is completely insufficient. It is a betrayal of our Party's values. This suspension allows for a revolving door for repeat offenders, whereby they make deeply hurtful and offensive comments and expect to resume normal political activity if they sit quietly for a year.  Ken Livingstone has openly, publicly and repeatedly revised the history of the Holocaust, and caused untold pain and anguish to members of the UK Jewish community and Holocaust survivors. 

You can see a video message from JLM National Chair Jeremy Newmark here, and a brief clip of him on Sky News giving immediate reaction to the decision here

JLM Media

JLM has led the reaction on media, and within the Party, with appearances on Sky News and BBC, and radio interviews with BBC Today Programme, 5 live and LBC this morning alone.

JLM NEC member Emily Hilton writing in LabourList: 

"The Labour Party failed its Jewish members last night. The decision to suspend Ken Livingstone for only two years, and not to expel him for his incendiary claims about Hitler supporting Zionism, is yet another indication that Labour is not taking seriously the concerns around anti-Semitism present in the party." 

You can read the full article here

Our members

To our members who have expressed their disgust over the past twelve hours, we ask you to heed the lessons of Cable Street. You stay, you stand, you fight. 

To the hundreds of new members who have joined JLM in the past twelve hours, we thank you for your solidarity and support. 

Next steps

  1. Sign JLM's Open Letter
  2. Be elected as a delegate to National Conference in September
  3. Lobby your MP to speak out 


We'll have more next steps in the coming days, so stay tuned to our social media.

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JLM on BBC Radio 4 Today Programme

JLM National Chair Jeremy Newmark was on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme this morning. In it, he made clear that should Ken Livingstone not be disciplined by the NCC, then JLM, with support from Labour activists across the country, will be taking this to Labour's highest decision making body, National Party Conference this September. 

You can hear this full statement here.

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Messages of support for JLM's AGM

Sunday 2nd April marked JLM's 109th AGM. We were honoured to receive messages of support from the leadership of the Labour Party in both the UK and Israel. We'd like to thank them all for their leadership and support of JLM. 

Leader of the Labour Party: Jeremy Corbyn MP

Deputy Leader of the Labour Party: Tom Watson MP

General Secretary of the Labour Party: Iain McNicol

Leader of the Israeli Labour Party: Isaac Herzog MK

 

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OWEN JONES TELLS JEWISH LABOUR MEMBERS - PARTY MUST ACT ON LIVINGSTONE & WALKER

OWEN JONES TELLS JEWISH LABOUR MEMBERS - PARTY MUST ACT ON LIVINGSTONE & WALKER

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Inaugural Henry Smith Memorial Lecture a massive success

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Nearly 200 Parliamentarians, Rabbis, JLM members and supporters gathered on the 2nd April for the inaugural Henry Smith Memorial Lecture.

The inaugural Lecture was given by Guardian journalist and key left-wing political commentator Owen Jones in conversation with JLM National Vice-Chair Sarah Sackman. Topics ranged from Brexit and President Trump, to left-wing antisemitism, Israel-Palestine and the Labour Party.

For many members of JLM, the past twelve months have been characterised by high-level cases of antisemitism in the Labour Party. Jones sought to assure them that they were not alone.  He said:, "rule number one for combating bigotry on the left - listen to victim experience" and went on to assert “I am making a clear and unambiguous stance against antisemitism”. He made it clear that Ken Livingstone’s comments are “unacceptable”, and that there is “no place for him in our movement”

Owen also spoke passionately about the Labour Party, and the need for clear and coherent messaging, saying “we need to present our policies as every day common sense, that is not compromising our radicalism”.

Finally, Owen touched upon the history of JLM, and of Jewish activism on the left, noting “the left would not exist without the Jewish community. The Labour Party would not be the party it is without that critical contribution” and that “there would be no left without the Jewish community” JLM is the Labour Party’s oldest socialist society, and it is huge honour for us to hold that position.

JLM National Chair Jeremy Newmark said:  “It was an honour to host Owen for the inaugural Henry Smith Memorial Lecture. As a close friend of the Smith family, we could not think of a more appropriate person to honour Henry’s memory. Henry Smith will be remembered as one of kindest, most sincere people involved in Labour Party politics.  His memory shall be a blessing”. 

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Urgent Call to Action: Dubs Amendment broken promise

The Jewish Labour Movement is dismayed that the Home Office has reversed its decision to accept any more unaccompanied child refugees via the Dubs amendment after March 2017. This means that only 350 unaccompanied minors will have been allowed to enter the UK under the amendment, which originally promised 3000 vulnerable children safe passage and resettlement in the UK.

We call upon the government to reconsider its decision to accept just 10% of the promised number of unaccompanied children. We also urge the government to ensure that the Dublin system of family reunification works faster and to its fullest extent, so that other child refugees can be returned to close members of their family in the UK as soon as possible.

Responding to the decision, Lord Alfred Dubs, who came to the UK on the Kindertransport responded to the government’s decision by saying that:

"Britain has a proud history of welcoming refugees. At a time when Donald Trump is banning refugees from America, it would be shameful if the UK followed suit by closing down this route to sanctuary for unaccompanied children just months after it was opened." […] "I urge the prime minister to show leadership by continuing and building on this programme, not shutting the door to some of the most vulnerable refugee children."

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JLM Chair Warns Labour 'Antisemitism Denial' Risks Becoming Institutionalised

Following the reported decision earlier this week by Labour's NEC to reject recommendations for limited disciplinary actions against those accused of antisemitism and bulling at Oxford University Labour Club in early 2016, the Jewish Chronicle have published an op-ed from JLM National Chair Jeremy Newmark.  

The article warns that 'antisemitism denial' is at risk of becoming institutionalised with the Labour Party.

You can read the article here.

The statement JLM released on this matter earlier this week can be found here.

 

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NEC Decision on Oxford Students - JLM Statement

Responding to reports that Labour's NEC has voted to reject recommendations from an official investigation to take action against members of Oxford University Labour Club following allegations of antisemitism and bullying in early 2016, JLM Chair Jeremy Newmark commented: 


"This decision rides roughshod over the concerns and experiences of our student members.   They have confronted the impact of anti-Semitism at OULC first hand.  They do not feel comfortable attending meetings of their own Labour club. This has been looked at by three inquiries and one investigation. They complainants have not heard from the Party for nearly a year - even to inform them of this decision.  It is many months since Chakrabarti recommended an overhaul of the complaints and investigations process but seemingly nothing has changed. 

JLM is working with Labour Students and UJS to deliver training and education to prevent future incidents. However this problem can not be fixed without the backing of a disciplinary process that is fit for purpose.  This decision shows just how far we still have to go."

Jeremy Newmark - National Chair, JLM

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JLM Sessions at Limmud Conference 2016

Jewish Labour Movement Sessions at Limmud Conference 2016

Session Title

Presenter

Session

Time

Room

Who or what is the problem between the Labour Party and Jews: and can it be repaired?

Luke Akehurst, Andrew Gilbert, Maurice Glasman, Jon Lansman, Jeremy Newmark, Sarah Sackman

Who better to give the answers than a peer ennobled by Ed Miliband; the chair of the Jewish Labour Movement; the Jewish Labour Candidate for Finchley & Golders Green from the last general election; the director of We Believe in Israel who is also secretary of Labour First, and in his first visit to Limmud the Jewish founder and chair of Momentum.

Tuesday, 4.40pm

15 Orange

2016: the year of politics

Luciana Berger MP

The world of politics is ever changing, but 2016 has proved to be a year of political upheaval. From Brexit to the election of Donald Trump to the White House, join Luciana Berger MP, to discuss, debate and challenge the results of the past year, and where we go from here.

Tuesday, 8.10pm

23 Yellow

The frontline against anti-Semitism

Luciana Berger MP

As a prominent Jewish MP, Luciana Berger is no stranger to being in the public eye. Hear her story of the abhorrent antisemitic abuse she has faced, the multiple convictions she has fought for and won, and her thoughts on how we can combat antisemitism wherever we find it.

Wednesday, noon

15 Orange

Is Brexit good for the Jews?

Simon Gordon, Annika Hernroth-Rothstein, Peter Mason, Jonathan Neumann, Ruvi Ziegler

Did you succumb to Project Fear or the lies of the Leavers? Or maybe you just made up your mind based on the facts. However you voted, Brexit means Brexit. But is it good for the Jews? From the economy to EU-Israel relations, and shechitah to terrorism, this panel will consider how Brexit might impact the Jewish communities of the UK and Europe.

Wednesday, 2.30pm

11 Orange

Doctor, Doctor, we need to work on our mental health services

Luciana Berger MP

As the former (first ever) Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health, Luciana Berger MP has spent much of her Parliamentary career campaigning for those whose voices are not often heard. Mental ill health doesn't discriminate, affects 1 in 4 of us in any given year, and our services are not up to scratch. Come and discuss tackling the stigma and discrimination that still persists and what more needs to be done to ensure real equality for mental health.

Wednesday, 6.10pm

11 Orange

Strictly Limmud Dancing

Ella Rose

Experience the glitter, the glamour and excitement of the return of Strictly Limmud Dancing where six “celebrities” will be put through their paces by professionals to compete for the Nikki Millan trophy, and YOU decide who wins guided by four “experienced” judges.

Tuesday, 8.10pm

42 Marquee 3

 

Sessions that might be of interest to JLM members at Limmud Conference 2016

Session Title

Presenter

Session

Time

Room

Post-Brexit, what can Israel teach us about building a shared society?

Adam Ognall

As the UK struggles with a spike in racism and xenophobia, what can we learn from Israel’s groundbreaking efforts to tackle these dangerous phenomena, create a shared vision for the future, and work towards a more equal society?

Sunday, 8.10pm

22 Yellow

Jews and Muslims. This is not a dialogue - this is not interfaith

Alex Fenton, Laura Janner-Klausner

Laura Janner-Klausner and Alex Fenton have been working particularly in Bradford to change Muslim perceptions of Jews and Israel and Jewish perceptions of Muslims and Islam. Come and discuss this not-interfaith-dialogue and how it will impact on Britain for the future.

Monday, 4.40pm

21 Yellow

Yachad youth: reflections from the West Bank

Amos Schonfield

Last September, 20 Jewish students and community leaders spent five days exploring the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Learn about their experiences meeting Israeli and Palestinian peace activists, the IDF, and Israeli settlers, and hear their thoughts on how Zionists in the Diaspora can support Israelis and Palestinians striving for peace.

Monday, 9.40pm

12 Orange

Why Jews should support Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party

Andrew Gilbert, Jon Lansman, Anna Lawton, Barnaby Raine, Daniel Randall

Some Jewish Labour Party members do support Jeremy Corbyn. On this panel four major figures give a perspective. Rhea Wolfson, once of RSY and JLC, is now on Labour's NEC; Jon Lansman set up Momentum and ran Tony Benn's 1988 campaign; Barnaby Raine is a Bundist non-Zionist; Daniel Randall is active in the RMT and the Alliance for Workers' Liberty.

Tuesday, 1.15pm

15 Orange

The Syrian refugee crisis: A personal story

Aisha & Nadia, Richard Verber

Aisha and Nadia (not their real names) were forced to flee her home in Syria before being selected by the UK government to move to Britain as two of the 20,000 Syrian refugees to be given sanctuary here by 2020. As part of Limmud's Refugee Day, meet them both, hear their stories, and ask them questions about the crisis.

Tuesday, 4.40pm

11 Orange

Why is the Labour Party in such a mess over Israel, Jews and antisemitism?

Luke Akehurst

Luke Akehurst uses his unique insider knowledge as a former Labour National Executive member and expert on the forces behind anti-Zionism to explain how and why the Labour Party has got into such a dire predicament regarding Israel, Jews and antisemitism.

Tuesday, 8.10pm

05 Red

Israeli security, 50 years on

Ethan Schwartz

Israel has controlled the West Bank and its civilian population since June 1967, yet leading former security officials say that Israel’s long-term security needs require a withdrawal from the West Bank and a political agreement with the Palestinian people. Join Yachad as we discuss how to ensure Israeli security after 50 years of occupation.

Tuesday, 8.10pm

14 Orange

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