Statement on antisemitism in social media
Today some antisemitic posts have been brought to my attention. The comments in these historic posts are abhorrent. I condemn any form of antisemitism and racism and am a long-standing campaigner for religious freedom and tolerance.
I have spoken to Stroud CLP which has investigated swiftly and assures me that these do not come from a member of the Stroud party. The CLP will pass this matter on to the national Labour Party to make further checks.
The Labour Party is committed to challenging and campaigning against antisemitism in all its forms. It has taken swift and decisive action in response to antisemitism complaints, with a more than four-fold increase in the rate at which such cases are dealt with since Jennie Formby became General Secretary.
Publishing this data on antisemitism complaints demonstrates the Labour Party’s commitment to transparency in its efforts to root out bigotry and racism, going far beyond any other political party. The data shows that complaints relate to 0.1% of the Party’s membership, and that the Party receives more complaints about individuals who are not members of the Labour Party than individuals who are members of the Labour Party, as is the case in this instance.
I was unaware that these posts were made by one of the 2,000 people on Twitter and 850 on Facebook I follow. I wholly condemn all racism, bigotry and antisemitism and will be reviewing all the social media accounts to which I am linked.