Following the decision by Enfield North and Luton South Constituency Labour Parties last night to censure their Members of Parliament for speaking out against antisemitism within the Labour Party, JLC Chief Executive Simon Johnson said:
“When the Jewish community speak of institutional antisemitism against Jews in the Labour Party, little can illustrate the example better than Party members gathering and hijacking a local constituency meeting to censure their Member of Parliament for speaking out against antisemitism.
Joan Ryan MP has been unwavering in her support for the Jewish community for decades and we greatly appreciate everything that she has done for our community whilst serving as an MP. The decision to censure her is a disgrace and should bring shame to the Labour Party leadership.
Gavin Shuker MP also bravely spoke out on BBC Newsnight this week in favour of the Labour Party adopting the IHRA definition of antisemitism in full. No Member of Parliament should face sanctions for taking such a principled stand. When we met with Jeremy Corbyn, we asked him clearly to use his voice to put an end to intimidation like this. His silence is deafening.”