Statement from JLC Chair Jonathan Goldstein on the resignation of Ian Austin MP from the Labour Party

JLC Chair Jonathan Goldstein said:

“I want to commend the courage of my friend Ian Austin. Today he took the brave and difficult step in leaving the Labour Party. Ian, the son of a Holocaust survivor, has been unflinching in his support against growing antisemitism in this country. He joins other MPs who resigned on Monday and Joan Ryan, another stalwart ally of our community, on Wednesday. The Labour Party has forced allies like Ian and Joan to choose between their British values and anti-racism and a narrow partisanship that promotes anti-Jewish racism. They are both on the right side of history in saying loudly and clearly that neither of them will continue to be bystanders to the hate emanating from the Labour leadership.”