Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has offered an urgent meeting to the Jewish Leadership Council and the Board of Deputies of British Jews in the wake of the anti-Semitism allegations made about him and the Labour Party by, amongst others, our Labour affiliate the Jewish Labour Movement, which culminated in an unprecedented demonstration in Parliament Square on Monday.
Jeremy Corbyn said:
“I recognise that anti-semitism has surfaced within the labour Party and has too often been dismissed as simply a matter of a few bad apples. This has caused pain and hurt to Jewish members of our Party and to the wider Jewish community in Britain. I am sincerely sorry for the pain which has been caused and pledge to redouble my efforts to bring this anxiety to an end.”
He went on “I am sorry for not having studied the content of the mural more closely before wrongly questioning its removal in 2012.”
It is shaming that the Labour Party has become the focus of allegations of anti-Semitism and I welcome Jeremy Corbyn’s pledge to root it out. Labour values require that we rid ourselves of this virulent evil from our ranks and ensure that it can never flourish in our Party and our movement.
See the full text of Jeremy Corbyn’s letter here.
Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has offered an urgent meeting to the Jewish Leadership Council and the Board of Deputies of British Jews in the wake of the anti-Semitism allegations made...
This week the Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Violence) Bill passed it second reading unopposed in the House of Commons. The Bill is the result of pressure from the Labour Party in opposition to some of the measures outlined in the Housing and Planning Act (2016) brought in to ban councils from offering lifetime tenancies to people with low incomes living in council properties. Despite the fact that the final wording of the Act included many exemptions to this, like allowing people with small children access to lifetime tenancies, my Labour colleagues and I made clear that it didn’t go far enough to protect people who are victim to domestic violence. Without the guarantee that they will be given secure tenancies elsewhere, domestic abuse victims are far less likely to feel that they can leave abusive households.
This is why the Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Violence) Bill can be seen as a welcome step forward in recognising the need to support people fleeing domestic violence. The Bill’s promise is that local authorities will now have to provide secure tenancies to victims of domestic violence that are forced to leave secure tenancy homes to escape abuse.
But the massive funding cuts that this Tory Government has forced on our councils in recent years mean that, in reality, the bill does very little to offer victims of domestic violence the security and protection they need to rebuild their lives.
Since 2010, Government funding for affordable council and housing association properties has fallen by three quarters nationally. In Liverpool and Knowsley, our council budgets have been slashed by more than half since 2010. If these cuts continue, the money simply won’t be there to make sure that alternative housing provision for domestic violence victims is available.
Ongoing cuts to women’s refuges, which provide short term support for those fleeing abusive households, mean that many shelters are now struggling to stay afloat and provide this vital lifeline. Now the Government are also proposing measures to remove all housing benefit support for residents of women’s refuges. The organisations who run them warn that this could lead to up to half of their refuges closing once this funding is removed.
The Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Violence) Bill does nothing to solve these issues. We need a Government that will look at the bigger picture, that will properly fund our essential services, and one that will truly support our most vulnerable. Only a Labour Government will.
This week the Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Violence) Bill passed it second reading unopposed in the House of Commons. The Bill is the result of pressure from the Labour...
In November the report from the expert working group into the hormone pregnancy test Primodos was published. I made clear my reservations about the report from the outset, and when it was published it was clearly a whitewash. To say I was extremely disappointed is an understatement.
On Wednesday I asked the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, to look again at this scandal and the report produced. He must accept that it was a whitewash to restore trust between those affected by Primidos and the Government.
Sadly his answer shows that he does not want to question the report despite the complaints from victims which is extremely concerning for everyone involved. Click below to watch my question and the answer
In November the report from the expert working group into the hormone pregnancy test Primodos was published. I made clear my reservations about the report from the outset, and when...