Remembering Lord Joffe

It is with sadness that the Jewish Labour Movement has learnt of the death of Lord Joffe. Generations of progressive Jews have drawn inspiration from his unceasing work for social justice, from representing Nelson Mandela at the Rivonia trial to his chairmanship of Oxfam, and will continue to do so. We wish his family strength at this time and send our sincerest condolences.

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JLM General Election Manifesto

The snap general election comes at a critical time for our country. The NHS and Social Care are in crisis. Schools are facing huge budget cuts. Housebuilding is at its slowest rate since the 1920s, with too many people struggling to get on the housing ladder. Local services have been decimated, with 20,000 fewer serving police officers since 2010. The Tories are intent on pursuing an extreme Brexit agenda while inequalities across the UK continue to widen.

The election also comes at a critical time for the UK Jewish Community. Antisemitism continues to grow; our communal charities and care providers are under enormous strain; and many of the religious freedoms enjoyed by our community are increasingly under attack.

For these reasons, JLM will be doing what we have always done at election time: supporting and promoting Labour candidates up and down the country, working to deliver a Government whose values we share, as Jews and as Democratic Socialist Zionists.

We are particularly proud to be publishing this mini-manifesto covering key policy areas of relevance to our Movement. It has been compiled by our NEC with crowd-sourced input from across our entire membership base. We are pleased that in addition to setting out policy proposals that relate to specific communal concerns it also addresses broader issues and principles.

We are making our submission to the Labour Party Manifesto Consultation as a proud Affiliate and Socialist Society. We hope that it will be a valuable contribution to the 2017 General Election Manifesto.

Finally, do look at our other General Election activity which is being constantly updated on the JLM website. We have already coordinated over fifty campaigning opportunities around the UK for our members and supporters during the election period. We urge you to get involved, sign up and join us on the campaign trail.

In solidarity,

Luciana Berger MP - Parliamentary Chair, JLM

Jeremy Newmark - National Chair, JLM

 

You can read our manifesto here.

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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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Not in my name

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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JLM's Annual Report

Following JLM's AGM, please click here to read JLM's Annual Report 2016, delivered at JLM's 109th AGM attended by members, MPs, Rabbis and Lords.

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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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