‘Ac­tion not words’ needed on crime

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - EX­CLU­SIVE BY LEE HARPIN PO­LIT­I­CAL EDI­TOR

A CON­SER­VA­TIVE hope­ful for Lon­don mayor has ac­cused Sadiq Khan of fail­ing to take ac­tion to prop­erly “de­fend” the cap­i­tal’s Jewish com­mu­nity against ris­ing an­tisemitism.

Shaun Bai­ley, a for­mer youth worker who is favourite to land the nom­i­na­tion to stand in 2020, is openly crit­i­cal of the cur­rent mayor’s fail­ure to man­age the £3 bil­lion-a-year po­lice bud­get.

He told the JC: “The truth is it’s very easy to say nice things. But it is what you do that re­ally mat­ters. The fact that the mayor has not prop­erly in­ter­vened with the an­tisemitism row in­volv­ing his party leader Jeremy Cor­byn ac­tu­ally shows that he’s do­ing next to noth­ing.

“If you are se­ri­ous and re­ally want to in­clude peo­ple, that just doesn’t mean tol­er­at­ing them, it means bat­ting for them.

“If Sadiq wants to say that he is fully sup­port­ing the Jewish com­mu­nity, he has to openly come out against an­tisemitism.”

Mr Bai­ley, a for­mer ad­vi­sor to David Cameron and a self-de­clared ‘One Na­tion’ Tory, ac­knowl­edged Mr Khan had been will­ing to at­tend com­mu­nal events such as the an­nual Chanukah can­dle light­ing in Trafal­gar Square.

On an­nounc­ing Mr Khan as the guest speaker at this year’s Board of Deputies din­ner, Pres­i­dent Marie van der Zyl said he had “been very sup­port­ive of our com­mu­nity”.

She also com­mended him for “speak­ing out on Labour’s an­tisemitism cri­sis and call­ing for the pro­scrip­tion of Hezbol­lah. No­body will for­get that Sadiq’s very first en­gage­ment as Mayor [in 2016] was to at­tend the com­mu­nity’s Yom Hashoah com­mem­o­ra­tion.”

He was also amongst the lead­ing politi­cians who sent Rosh Hashanah greet­ings mes­sages to the com­mu­nity on Twitter last week­end.

But Mr Bai­ley re­mains crit­i­cal of Mr Khan’s man­age­ment of po­lice fund­ing in the cap­i­tal — and the wider im­pact this has on se­cu­rity for the com­mu­nity.

“We spend £3 bil­lion a year on polic­ing in Lon­don,” he said. “The idea that we are not spend­ing enough is not true. The mayor has no fo­cus on this.

“He’s not help­less on polic­ing — he’s clueless on polic­ing.

“I have a costed plan that could de­liver 1,000 ex­tra of­fi­cers to­day with no ex­tra money.

“The Jewish com­mu­nity have tra­di­tion­ally had to do a lot of their own se­cu­rity. We need to con­tinue sup­port­ing those groups, not only fi­nan­cially, but also to make sure they are sup­ported by the po­lice from a train­ing point of view.”

Mr Bai­ley, 46, who grew up in north Kens­ing­ton and is a prac­tic­ing Chris­tian, in­sisted: “We have a large Jewish com­mu­nity in Lon­don who are de­pen­dent on be­ing de­fended through po­lit­i­cal ac­tion.

“If we don’t de­fend the Jewish com­mu­nity in this sit­u­a­tion, then who is next?

“I ac­tu­ally think the com­mu­nity can ben­e­fit by hav­ing other voices speak up on its be­half, which is what I in­tend to do.

“I hap­pen to be of Ja­maican de­scent — and I made the case re­gard­ing the Win­drush gen­er­a­tion is­sue, say­ing what needed to be said and push­ing the gov­ern­ment in dif­fer­ent ways.

“It’s also why I will come out and de­fend Jewish peo­ple, Mus­lim peo­ple, the right of all peo­ple to have re­li­gious free­dom.

“What you have to do is show that you will de­fend ev­ery­one who does need to be de­fended.”

A spokesper­son for Sadiq Khan said: “The truth is that Sadiq has con­sis­tently and loudly spo­ken out against an­tisemitism, both in the Labour Party and across Lon­don. He adopted the full IHRA at City Hall and has re­peat­edly called on the Labour Party to do the same. He has con­sis­tently called for swifter ac­tion to ex­pel any­one who says or does any­thing an­tisemitic from the Labour Party.”

He is not help­less on polic­ing - he is clueless on polic­ing’

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Ad­viser: Shaun Bai­ley with David Cameron

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