Tuesday, June 2, 2020 -
Print Edition

Seven Labour MPs quit the party

Luciana Berger (Stefan Rousseau/WPA Pool/Getty)

Luciana Berger (Stefan Rousseau/WPA Pool/Getty)

LONDON — Luciana Berger, a British-Jewish lawmaker, has quit the Labour Party over its anti-Semitism problem, along with six other members of the House of Commons.

Berger, who frequently has spoken out about anti-Semitic hate speech directed at her and other Jews by Labour members, and the others announced their resignation on Monday, Feb. 18, dealing a major blow to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters.

Berger said it had been a “difficult, painful but necessary decision” for them all but that Labour has become “sickeningly institutionally racist,” she said.

She had felt “embarrassed and ashamed” to be in the Labour Party because of its failure to tackle anti-Semitism in its ranks, she added.

“I am leaving behind a culture of bullying, bigotry and intimidation. I look forward to a future serving with colleagues who respect each other,” she said.

She and the six other centrist lawmakers — Chuka Umunna, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Mike Gapes, Gavin Shuker and Ann Coffey — will form an independent group, they said.

Whereas Berger referenced anti-Semitism as her main reason for leaving, others cited what they said was a passive attitude by Corbyn, a far-left politician, to Britain’s nearing pullout from the EU, among other leadership issues.

Labour’s ethics committee has received thousands of complaints about anti-Semitism since Corbyn became its leader in 2015.

He has vowed to punish anyone caught engaging in hate speech but only a fraction of the members who have been documented doing so have been punished.



JTA

Leave a Reply

WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER

Dear valued reader,

During these very difficult times that we’re all experiencing, why does the Intermountain Jewish News matter more than ever?

  • It connects us when we feel separated and surrounded by chaos. With the IJN, we are not alone. We are all in this together as a community.
  • It is our trusted, distinctive news source. The IJN works hard to provide facts, not sensationalism.
  • It brings you the impact of COVID-19 on the Colorado Jewish community.

Like other small businesses and media companies, the IJN is also being impacted in an unprecedented way by effects of the coronavirus.

That’s Why Your Help Is Needed Today.

Please subscribe today or purchase a gift subscription — an online gift is social distancing.

If you’re already a subscriber, you can also donate to the IJN to support our mission of providing quality and comprehensive journalism to the Colorado Jewish community.

Appreciatively,

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg
Editor & Publisher

Shana R. Goldberg
Assistant Publisher