Wirral Council urged to retain definition of anti-Semitism

Following a controversial decision by Labour's National Executive Committee not to adopt the official definition of anti-Semitism, the Leader of Wirral Council has been urged not to follow suit.

In January 2017, the then Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government wrote to all Council leaders, urging them to adopt the definition as set out by the respected International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.

In October 2017, all parties on Wirral Council voted to adopt that definition.

Now, following the decision by Labour's NEC not to adopt the definition, Joan Ryan MP, chair of Labour Friends of Israel, told the Jewish Chronicle said: "I am appalled at the NEC's decision which, once again, undermines the claims of Labour's leadership that it intends to tackle the problem of anti-Semitism.

"The NEC has decided to prioritise the rights of those who wish to demonise and delegitimise the state of Israel over the struggle against anti-Semitism.

"This shameful action is antithetical to Labour's values and its history, and we will campaign relentlessly until it is overturned and the IHRA definition and all its examples are adopted by the party."

Now, the Leader of Wirral's 21 Conservative Councillors, Cllr. Ian Lewis, has written to the Leader of the Council to seek his assurance that there will be no moves by Wirral Council to amend the definition adopted in October 2017.

 

 

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