Only af­ter Is­rael caveat blocked

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sub­ject to fur­ther con­sul­ta­tion as part of its ‘democ­racy re­view’. Af­ter Mon­day’s NEC elec­tion re­sult it has be­come clear that Labour’s rul­ing body will be­come even more left-lean­ing — with mod­er­ate fig­ures such as Anne Black and Ed­die Iz­zard voted off. Peter Wills­man, ex­posed by the JC over his com­ments claim­ing ‘70 rab­bis’ had made false al­le­ga­tions of an­tisemitism in the UK, was also voted back on.

Jewish Mo­men­tum or­gan­iser Ms Wolf­son has also moved off the NEC af­ter be­ing se­lected to stand as Labour’s can­di­date in Liv­ing­stone. And Mo­men­tum founder Jon Lans­man has also come un­der sus­tained at­tack from the far-left over claims he failed to back Mr Cor­byn at Tues­day’s meet­ing.

When Mr Cor­byn was elected leader in 2015 many of those on the 41-mem­ber NEC were hos­tile to him, but it is now dom­i­nated by his sup­port­ers.

Some in the com­mu­nity were sur­prised when the Board of Deputies re­leased a warm state­ment on Tues­day evening sug­gest­ing Labour’s “de­ci­sion to adopt the IHRA def­i­ni­tion is very long over­due. It can only be the be­gin­ning. Ac­tion is what mat­ters.”

The Jewish Lead­er­ship Coun­cil later amended their own ini­tial friendly state­ment to one sug­gest­ing Mr Cor­byn had “shame­fully“tried to un­der­mine the IHRA def­i­ni­tion by adding a new clause.

Sev­eral Jewish and mod­er­ate Labour MPs said they be­lieved the Board in par­tic­u­lar had been “tac­ti­cally naïve” with their state­ment — which was im­medi­ing ately seized upon by some mem­bers of the Par­lia­men­tary Labour Party as a sign that the com­mu­nity was ready to back down in its fight with Mr Cor­byn.

Also on Tues­day, Cres­sida Dick, the head of the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice, con­firmed that her of­fi­cers would in­ves­ti­gate a leaked dossier de­tail­ing al­leged cases of an­tisemitism in the Labour Party af­ter a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer warned they con­sti­tuted hate crimes.

The dossier, ob­tained by LBC, con­tained 45 cases of mem­bers ac­cused of an­tisemitism, nearly half of which were deemed to be race-hate in­ci­dents, ac­cord­ing to Mak Chishty, a for­mer hate crime in­ves­ti­ga­tor for the Met.

In a fur­ther sign of the Labour lead­er­ship’s fail­ure to get to grips with the cri­sis, the ad­vanced agenda for Wed­nes­day’s shadow cabi­net meet­ing showed there was no plan to dis­cuss the is­sue or the IHRA code then ei­ther.

On Sun­day, Jewish Labour MP Luciana Berger had called for Mr Cor­byn’s shadow cabi­net to hold a cri­sis meet- on what she de­scribed as the “sick­en­ing sum­mer of an­tisemitism”.

On Wed­nes­day in a vote of the Par­lia­men­tary Labour Party, 205 MPs backed im­ple­men­ta­tion of the in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised code.

Only eight op­posed the emer­gency bal­lot which had been tabled by Dame Louise Ell­man.

One Labour MP said: “This is the clear­est sig­nal that we won’t bow to Jeremy Cor­byn’s con­tin­ued at­tempts to an­tag­o­nise the Jewish com­mu­nity.

“The only way to re­build trust be­tween Labour and our al­lies in the Jewish com­mu­nity is by show­ing we recog­nise the need for mea­sures like this def­i­ni­tion with all its ex­am­ples.

“There can be no ifs, buts or caveats. Mr Cor­byn must change his stance.”

The huge ma­jor­ity in favour of the emer­gency mo­tion showed there was con­tin­ued anger amongst Labour MPs over yes­ter­day’s NEC de­ci­sion to adopt IHRA but also in­clude a so-called “free speech caveat”.

Be­fore MPs broke for the sum­mer re­cess, two stormy meet­ings of Labour’s PLP had seen near unan­i­mous calls from MPs to “do right for the Jewish com­mu­nity” and adopt the full an­ti­semtism code.

Wed­nes­day’s vote showed that there was still mas­sive sup­port to take on Mr Cor­byn over the is­sue.

The ‘free­dom of ex­pres­sion’ clause to­tally un­der­mines the other ex­am­ples the party has sup­pos­edly just adopted.’ We made it clear: pass the IHRA def­i­ni­tion in full – no caveats, no com­pro­mises... The NEC have just failed the most ba­sic test’


Pro-Labour emon­stra­tors out­side Labour head­quar­ters

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