Given that Ken Livingstone has been found guilty, we are deeply disappointed at the decision not to expel him from the Labour Party. A temporary suspension is no more than a slap on the wrist. Mr Livingstone’s inaccurate and antagonistic comments including over the past 40 years have had a huge impact on the Jewish community. We feel that the Labour Party should have had the courage to address this deeply offensive behaviour with a firmer penalty.
Following extensive consultation with the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC), the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has agreed to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism.
At a Board meeting of the GMCA, a report on Challenging Hate and Building Cohesion was presented and accepted and the proposal to adopt the definition was overwhelmingly agreed, meaning it will be applied in the area.