Islington Labour and the anti-Semitism report

The Islington Labour Party has some serious questions to answer


November 6 update: see the current response from Islington Labour


Following the suspension of Islington MP Jeremy Corbyn from the Labour Party, it is time for Labour leaders in Islington to answer some basic questions:

  • Do they agree with the Equality and Human Rights Commission(EHRC) report’s findings into anti-Semitism in Labour?
  • Do they agree with Labour Leader Keir Starmer’s message to those who think allegations of anti-Semitism are exaggerated or a factional attack: “Frankly, you are part of the problem too. And should be nowhere near the Labour Party”.
  • Do they support the decision to suspend Jeremy Corbyn?

If the answer to any of the questions is not a resounding YES, will they please explain to the people of Islington what they do believe in? And how they can still remain members of Keir Starmer’s Labour Party?


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Kate Pothalingam, Islington Liberal Democrats

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