There is no place in the Labour movement or in our country for anti-Semitism. I have consistently said that Labour must do more and do it quickly to eradicate it from the Party and throughout my time in Parliament I have sought to raise the concerns of the Jewish Community with the Party and promote understanding. As MP, I was a member/supporter of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on anti-Semitism and the APPG on British Jews.
I have worked tirelessly to promote understanding in my constituency of the important contribution of the Jewish community and have wholeheartedly supported important civic events including the annual Civic Service, Holocaust Memorial Day, Chanukah and the community Menorah lighting in Crouch End.
My website contains a range of statements I’ve made on the subject since I was first elected, setting out details of actions I have taken and concerns I have raised. Some of these are gathered here below:
- In April 2016 I welcomed an independent inquiry into anti-Semitism within the Labour Party.
- My statement in March 2018 on the ongoing need to tackle anti-Semitism.
- In April 2018 I took part in a Parliamentary debate about anti-Semitism within the UK and expressed my frustrations that the Labour complaints system was still much too slow with decisions taking too long.
- I was one of over 100 MPs to sign an open letter to the Jewish Labour Movement urging them to stay with us to tackle the scourge of anti-Semitism.
- In November 2018 I attended the first Sara conference to pledge my support and solidarity with colleagues facing appalling racist and sexist discrimination, with Jewish women MPs facing disproportionate levels of anti-Semitic abuse online.
- I supported and called for Labour to sign up to the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism without amendments.
- My statement in July 2019 following the suspension of Chris Williamson from the party. I backed the decision to suspend him when his comments first came to light and believe it is absolutely right he is no longer a member of the Party.
- My statement following the BBC Panorama programme which showed Labour’s response to anti-Semitism to be seriously wanting.
- I welcomed the new education materials put out to help Labour members and supporters better understand anti-Semitism so it can be defeated. Within the local party, I have been working with members to organise an educational event.
- As then Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, I spoke out during the Westminster Hall centenary debate on the Balfour declaration where I put on record my support for a two-state solution.
- Soon after I was first elected, I took part in a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust to Auschwitz-Birkenau and wrote about my experience.