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East Renfrewshire representatives call on Leonard to speak out against anti-Semitism

24 Jul 2018

Jackson Carlaw MSP

The MP and MSP for the constituencies with Scotland’s largest Jewish population have written to Richard Leonard calling on him to end his silence on the ongoing issues regarding anti-Semitism within the Labour party.

Paul Masterton MP and Jackson Carlaw MSP raised their concerns about the anti-Semitic developments emanating from the Labour party that are causing alarm within the Jewish community.

The letter highlights the criticism that has been levelled at Jeremy Corbyn’s refusal to accept the International Holocaust’s Memorial Alliance’s (IHMA) guidelines on identifying anti-Jewish abuse.

It then asks Richard Leonard to speak out against this decision, and calls him to immediately state his ‘unambiguous support for the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism’.

The letter from Jackson Carlaw MSP and Paul Masterton MP states:

“As elected members representing constituencies with Scotland’s largest Jewish population, we are alarmed at the ongoing developments in the UK Labour Party regarding its attitude to anti-Semitism, and the concerns this is causing within the Jewish community.

“Many of our constituents have openly questioned whether it would be safe for them to remain in the United Kingdom were your party ever to form a Government under Jeremy Corbyn.

“The decision to reject the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism by Labour’s National Executive Committee has rightly been criticised by Jewish leaders including the Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and from politicians across the political spectrum.

“Your complete silence on this issue is so disappointing. Do you refuse to speak out because you support the stance taken by the NEC? Or perhaps it is your wish not to waver in any way in your support of your Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, that has prevented you from doing the right thing and demanding the IHRA definition be adopted in full?

“We very much hope we have misinterpreted your silence, and would warmly welcome an immediate statement confirming your unambiguous support for the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism.”
A copy of the letter is available here:
http://www.scottishconservatives.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Richard-Leonard-joint-letter.pdf