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Leonard must end silence on anti-Semitism

20 Jul 2018

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Richard Leonard has been urged to end his silence on the anti-Semitism row engulfing Labour this weekend.

Last week, the UK party under Jeremy Corbyn refused to accept the International Holocaust’s Memorial Alliance’s guidelines on identifying anti-Jewish abuse, prompting fury within the Jewish community.

Ben Procter, chair of Eastwood Labour, has now urged the party in Scotland to adopt the guidelines.

Scottish Labour was asked for its view earlier this week but has so far failed to make its position clear.

Scottish Conservative MSP for Glasgow region Adam Tomkins has now called on Mr Leonard to speak out.

Scottish Conservative MSP for Glasgow, Adam Tomkins said:

“Jeremy Corbyn’s failure to stamp out anti-Semitism in his party has been one of the most shameful episodes in modern British politics.

“Scottish Labour now faces its own questions too. Yet Richard Leonard’s stance seems to be to go into hiding.

“It’s not good enough. Last week, Mr Leonard was on his soap box moralising about the visit of the US President to the UK. Yet, confronted by a defining moral issue involving his own party, he appears to have little to say.

“No ifs nor buts. Labour should accept the International Holocaust’s Memorial Alliance’s guidelines on identifying anti-Jewish abuse. Mr Leonard should have the honesty to explain his view.”