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Why does Labour need a Jewish voice? – Part 2

In this concluding part of this article Stephen Marks develops his views as to why Labour needs a Jewish voice and what our aims and priorities should be. […]

Why does Labour need a Jewish voice?

JVL member Stephen Marks writes that Labour has a number of recognised internal structures to reflect and represent the priorities of different self-defined minority groups among its members: BAME, Labour Party Irish Society, LGBT Labour…

But there is no equivalent structure for members who identify as Jewish. The ‘Jewish Labour Movement’, an affiliated Socialist Society, is treated as if it were the equivalent body for members who identify as Jewish. But, he points out, it is no such thing. […]

The Labour Party Democracy Review is currently inviting submissions from party members on BAME Labour, as well as Young Labour and the Labour Party Women’s Conference. Hopefully the position of all affiliated societies will be under consideration in the next phase of the review.

There are some analogies with the odd position of Jewish members of the Labour party, where an affiliated organisation, JLM, speaks as though it is entitled to speak for all Jewish members when in reality you have to be a Zionist to join it (but not, incidentally, Jewish). […]