JVL statement on the Jewish Labour Movement

Jewish Voice for Labour is shocked that the Jewish Labour Movement, at its Annual General Meeting this weekend, passed a vote of no confidence in the twice elected leader of the party, Jeremy Corbyn. Their resolution proclaims that “he is unfit to be Prime Minister”.

The implication of this is that JLM – a body affiliated to the Labour Party and represented within its structures – does not intend to campaign for votes for a Labour victory in forthcoming elections. This seriously calls into question JLM’s legitimacy as a party affiliate.

The position adopted, clearly suggesting that a UK government led by Jeremy Corbyn would be against the interests of British Jews, will be unacceptable to the vast majority of Labour Party members including large numbers of Jews. Jewish people, like all citizens of the UK, need a Corbyn-led Labour Government committed to ending austerity, investing in social housing and our crucial public services, pursuing an ethical foreign policy based on justice for all and standing firm against all forms of racism including antisemitism.

Jewish Voice for Labour intends to continue to represent Jewish members of the Labour Party who support the leadership in seeking to defeat a moribund and chaotic Conservative government and working for real economic and social change for the benefit of the majority of citizens.

See also David Rosenberg’s Speak for yourself, not for us