Labour is ‘keen to work with the community’
THE NEW chair of the country’s largest Labour Party youth group has told how her Jewish roots are central to her political values.
Miriam Mirwitch, 23, scored an impressive electoral victory last weekend, easily beating a candidate said to be closer to the Corbynite wing of the party, to land the position at the helm of London Young Labour.
The group represents more than 15,000 Labour members aged 14 to 27.
But Ms Mirwitch, from Isleworth, west London, is keen to play down talk of in-fighting within her party.
“Things are getting better,” she says, of the long-standing issue of antisemitism within the Labour movement.
“The fact that I was elected and also that a motion was passed unanimously stating there was ‘no room for antisemitism in our movement’ shows this.
“Because the election took place on a Satur- day, we were able to introduce Shabbatfriendly votes, in which more religious memberswereabletostillobserveShabbat while members of staff wrote out their votes.
“The Labour Party is really keen to make itself more accessible to the community.”
Ms Mirwitch, whose family are members of New West End Synagogue, central London, says Labour needs to become “more welcoming for everyone” — a position which was at the root of her success in the election. Ms Mirwitch, says she regards Clement Attlee, Harriet Harman and Tessa Jowell among the political figureswhohavemostinspired her. Guardian columnist Owen Jones is to discuss antisemitismandtheMiddleEast with former Labour candidate Sarah Sackman in a debate held in memory of a Jewish Labour stalwart. The inaugural Jewish Labour Movement Henry Smith Memorial Lecture takes place on April 2 and will cover topics ranging from Jeremy Corbyn to Israel-Palestine.