Christians on the Left, who are affiliated with the UK Labour party, have released a statement calling on the leadership to remove any Labour member who has been racist. They’ve also said that a more transparent method of investigating anti-Semitism needs to be implemented quickly. They have released a statement saying: “We believe that anti-Semitic and racist views and behaviour are unacceptable and have no place in the Labour movement. “We believe that there needs to be a much clearer and firmer line from the leadership of the party that anti-Semitism will not be tolerated, ignored, or excused.
“We believe the Labour party needs to be more positive about its values and what they mean in practice, and firmer in dealing with anti-Semitism. We are no longer confident that existing internal disciplinary processes are fit for purpose. “In light of recent events, we call on the party leadership to not only challenge and remove all instances of anti-Semitism and racism within the membership, but also to go further and commit to introducing transparent disciplinary procedures and practices, enacted by an independent disciplinary body. “We have been a proud affiliate of the Labour party over many years and Labour values are central to our organisation.”
Co-chair of Christians on the Left, Hannah Rich, said they weren’t calling on Jeremy Corbyn to resign: “We’re saying that both he and also the leadership of the party needs to be much clearer on condemning anti-semitism and saying that it has no place within our party and is not in line with Labour values that we hold.” She said one of the things the party should implement is for the people who investigative the claims to be independent from the party: “At the moment they are party members involved in the committees and party members who are elected, and that’s okay and but we would want to see that be completely independent from existing party structures.”
Hannah Rich added that where members were acting out of line they “should be expelled from the party and should be removed from the party membership. That should be done by an independent body. We know there are procedures already in place but we no longer have full confidence in them being able to deal with the problems that we’re facing.” When asked if the group would consider splitting if the situation got worse, she responded: “That would be something we may have to consider but at the moment we still hold Labour values and there’s a long history of Christian socialism so at this stage, we have no intention of disaffiliating.”
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