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Clearer line against anti-Semitism needed from Labour Leadership 

The Executive Officers of Christians on the Left, of which I am one, have issued the following statement.

"As Christians on the Left, we believe that anti-Semitic and racist views and behaviour are unacceptable and have no place in the Labour movement.

We believe that there needs to be a much clearer and firmer line from the leadership of the Party that anti-Semitism will not be tolerated, ignored, or excused.

We believe the Labour Party needs to be more positive about its values and what they mean in practice, and firmer at all levels in dealing with anti-Semitism. We no longer have confidence that existing internal disciplinary processes are fit for purpose.

In light of recent events, we call on the party leadership not only to challenge and remove all instances of anti-Semitism and racism within the membership, but also to go further and commit to introducing transparent disciplinary procedures and practices, enacted by an independent disciplinary body.

We have been a proud affiliate of the Labour Party over many years and Labour values are central to our organisation. We share the spirit of solidarity, tolerance and respect which has always defined our party and believe that it is imperative that this continues to be the case."

This statement is also published on the Christians on the Left website here.

Stephen Beer, 28/06/2019

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