Clive Lewis For Norwich South
This morning, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) published their report into antisemitism in the Labour Party. The Party has a dedicated EHRC Report webpage (linked) with a Q&A about the report and its recommendations as well as Keir Starmer’s response.
I know that a lot of Jewish people, their families and friends have been deeply distressed by what’s gone on in Labour related to antisemitism over the last few years. I have met many here in Norwich. I am so sorry that people have been made to feel like that.
I know people across the Party, irrespective of political differences, are already working hard to tackle antisemitism. The EHRC report gives extra impetus and focus to that work. My Party and I accept this report in full. We will implement all of the recommendations, including establishing an independent complaints process.
But to truly restore trust with all Jewish people, we must go further than just implementing the report’s recommendations. We have to change the Labour Party’s culture to make sure we become an open and welcoming place for people of all backgrounds and all communities. Cultural change can’t and doesn’t happen overnight but as Keir Starmer said this morning, the process starts today.