A row has erupted in Labour’s youth wing over a demand to give members a vote on the party’s official Brexit policy at the national conference in Liverpool later this year. It follows an open letter to Jeremy Corbyn from the chair of both Young Labour and Labour Students, claiming to represent a Labour membership of more than 100,000 people under the age of 27. Miriam Mirwitch, the chair of Young Labour, and Melantha Chittenden, the chair of Labour Students, said in their letter that the referendum result was “not representative” of the views of young people across the country. Read more EU beats Britain to opening trade deal talks with Australia and NZ Brexit has already hit UK GDP by up to £40bn says Mark Carney Labour will 'pay heavy price' for refusal to fight Brexit, Blair warns May says 'backstop' customs deal with EU must be for 'a limited time' Michael Gove is spouting nonsense about migration and Brexit “We understand your hesitancy … [Read more...] about Labour youth wing row erupts over Brexit vote at national party conference
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MOMENTUM is a group that has shaken up British politics after the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour Party leader. Here is all you need to know about, arguably, the most successful left-wing campaign group in the history of UK politics. What is Momentum? The grassroots organisation was set up to establish Jeremy Corbyn and other previously fringe politicians within the Labour Party. They were inadvertently helped, some say, by previous leader Ed Miliband. After losing the 2015 General Election, Miliband decided to open up future leadership contests by giving an equal vote to anyone joining up for £3. Many people took up the opportunity who were previously opposed to the party and some had belonged to radical left groups such as the Socialist Workers Party. Fears are now growing among the once dominant centre-left faction that the group - also known as Corbynistas - may perform a purge of more moderate MPs who are deemed enemies of Corbyn. On January 15, three pro-Momentum … [Read more...] about What is Momentum, how many members does the Labour Party group have and what have they said about anti-Semitism?
It took three years of waiting – and interview bids to four successive Jeremy Corbyn spokespeople – before the call finally came on Tuesday evening. To say I was in shock (my colleagues at Jewish News and many in the community had long said it would never happen) would be an understatement, but I wondered whether this represented something of a turning point. After the Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council went further than they had before in condemning the lacklustre approach of Labour and its leader to antisemitism, Corbyn was forced to do likewise. He publicly listed various examples of contemporary antisemitism, recognised some cases had been dealt with too slowly and apologised for “pockets” of hate in the party: these were all important steps. Away from a drafted statement, my interview with Corbyn for a Jewish newspaper could be seen as an attempt to start rebuilding relations. If not to move … [Read more...] about I interviewed Jeremy Corbyn hoping he’d reassure the Jewish community over antisemitism in the Labour Party: he didn’t
Given some of the coverage of antisemitism in the Labour Party, it’s probably necessary, extraordinarily, to acknowledge that the Leader of the Opposition is not an antisemite. He appears sincere when he says that he has dedicated his life to fighting racism in all its forms, and that his own mother fought alongside the Jewish community to block the fascist Blackshirts in the infamous Cable Street Riot of 1936. There is no evidence that Mr Corbyn himself discriminates against Jewish people who work for or with him in the Labour Party. Indeed the letter sent by Mr Corbyn to Jewish leaders, though it took too long to materialise, contains some recognition on his part that he has some understanding of what is at stake. In reference to his past support for a blatantly antisemitic mural, Mr Corbyn has at last, after a stubborn period of silence, come out and said “sorry” for “not having studied the content of the mural more closely before wrongly … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn took too long to apologise for antisemitism within the Labour Party