Stephen Daisley Stephen Daisley

The shamelessness of the Labour moderates

Anti-racism campaign Labour Against Anti-Semitism (LAAS) has today issued its position on the General Election. LAAS, responsible for exposing a litany of anti-Semites in Labour’s ranks, warns party members that ‘Jeremy Corbyn is unfit to be Prime Minister and that the Labour Party is unfit to be in government’. It says Labour poses ‘the greatest risk to our democracy and to the safety and security of the British Jewish community’. As such, they urge the general public to vote ABC: ‘Anyone but Corbyn’. 

Other positions are available, most notably from Labour MPs who once spoke of Corbyn in the same terms as LAAS. But where are they now? 

Stephen Kinnock said in 2018 that Labour anti-Semitism was ‘a full-blown crisis’. He also attended the Enough is Enough rally at Westminster and earlier this year urged an investigation into a senior Welsh Labour figure who backed suspended MP Chris Williamson. 

Where is he now?

Lucy Powell demanded in 2016 that the party ‘make sure people understand that anti-Semitism has no place either in the Labour party and British society’. When Corbynistas tabled a no-confidence motion against Jewish MP Luciana Berger, Powell said it was ‘totally shameful to our party and movement’ and told Labour to ‘get a grip’. When another Jewish MP Louise Ellman quit Labour over anti-Semitism, Powell called it ‘our loss and a sad reflection on us’. 

Where is she now?

When Jewish Labour MPs were being targeted in 2016, Alison McGovern said:

‘Inaction in the face of this racism is not an option.’

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