Corbyn's shadow darkens Labour

Statement: Starmer's honeymoon period is over

Doing just enough will not be enough

Euan Philipps, spokesperson for Labour Against Antisemitism said:

“After the publication of the EHRC report last October, Labour leader Keir Starmer said “those who think there’s no problem with anti-semitism in the Labour Party... should be nowhere near the Labour Party”. These figures show that across the Labour membership more than two thirds of members think exactly that - and repudiates the assumption that antisemitism exists among only a minority of members.

While progress in tackling antisemitism was not expected to be easy, it is concerning that so little appears to have changed during a year of Sir Keir’s leadership. The sacking of Rebecca Long-Bailey and the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn caught the headlines, but other high profile figures like LRC President John McDonnell seem able to avoid any censure and on the ground there has been little evidence of substantive change. Our activists are reporting as many Labour members as before, while the expulsion rate of party members for serious cases of antisemitism is lower than a third. That’s a long way from the zero tolerance policy Starmer promised.

Starmer’s honeymoon period is over, and the next few months are vital for Labour to deliver on its EHRC action plan. Doing just enough will not be enough: the antisemitism crisis requires a categorical and substantial culture change across the Labour Party that does not appear to have even begun yet. Unless further evidence of progress is presented soon, criticism of Keir Starmer will become more vocal and more public.”