First published on Buzzfeed
On Tuesday I published an action plan on tackling Labour’s antisemitism problem. The support in just 72 hours has been encouraging.
Below are the eight points and some of the progress that is being made. (more…)
First published in Progress magazine
Following the 2012 presidential election in the United States, I attended an event on the result. Impressive speakers talked about their experiences of the campaigns and what would come next. Only one comment sticks in my mind. It was in response to a question about a ‘rape apologist’ Republican Senate candidate. The panellist replied saying: ‘What has the country I love come to when someone asks about the “rape apologist” candidate and you have to ask “Which one?”’ It describes much of what I feel like about the party I love and the issue of antisemitism. There is now a suite of people who have been suspended from the party, and at least one expelled, for antisemitism. We have a senior member of the House of Lords investigating the behaviour of Oxford University Labour club. Watching a particularly vile Gerry Downing talk about ‘the Jewish problem’ on the Daily Politics with a byline saying he was a member of my party was shameful. (more…)
Starting the New Year as we mean to go on
Alex Baker and I are planning a little road trip to help three of our favourite candidates.
We are calling it the 3 seats challenge (#Lab3seats):
Saturday 4 January 2014
08.00: Meet Brixton tube for road trip (Music provided by Ben Dilks)
10.00: On the #LabourDoorstep for Peter Kyle (PPC for Hove and Portslade)
12.30: Hit the road (packed lunch provided by Hove CLP)
13.30: On the #LabourDoorstep for Chris Oxlade (PPC for Crawley)
16.00: Roadtrip back to London (arrive about 18.00)
Sunday 5 January 2014