Labour’s new General Secretary Jennie Formby made a strong start to her new role with a first-day email to all Labour members calling on them to work with her to unite the party for the good of the country, with a particular emphasis on addressing instances of antisemitism and other abuse – and laying out her roadmap to ensure all issues are dealt with fairly.
Two days later, she has followed that up with a communication to every one of Labour’s 600+ CLP (constituency Labour party) secretaries, asking them to make sure that all members understand how any discussions of these issues must be conducted:
Dear CLP Secretary
Over the past few weeks there has been increased discussion about antisemitism in the Labour Party and wider society both in the media and amongst members.
I understand some local Labour Parties may be planning to discuss this matter at branch and constituency meetings.
As Jeremy Corbyn has made clear, tackling antisemitism in the party is a central priority. If your party is considering holding such discussions, please therefore make every effort to ensure they take place on our founding principles of solidarity and equality. Criticism of any individual or organisation who has expressed concern about antisemitism would be deeply unhelpful to that process.
I would urge all members and CLPs to actively support Jeremy’s commitment to take immediate and effective steps to combat antisemitism.
We are proudly anti-racist, and at our best when we work together, uniting people in hope and against fear and division.
The Labour Party
[Emphasis added by the SKWAWKBOX]
The message is a timely reminder, after a fraught couple of weeks, of the values of the party, the imperative for all members to pull together with respect – and the importance of avoiding the pitfalls the Labour Party’s opponents would love it to fall into.
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