Last year, the media reported 14 Labour members were suspended including Peterborough councillors over alleged antisemitism, which led to the local Tory MP, Mr Paul Bristow writing to the Labour leader, Keir Starmer about his concerns.
Since then, several activists, party members, and that includes some at the Town Hall, have now left the Peterborough Labour Party movement. I understand most, if not all, have been found not to have committed any offences and it is important to note this fact.
However, at the time of writing this, the City Council was still waiting for some form of administration to be assembled, either Conservative or a coalition of opposition parties, to take control of the local authority.
And one of the people who could enable such a coalition is Cllr Nicola Day, a Green Party member. Now the things is, a couple of years ago, Ms Day was herself embroiled in some unwanted allegations of antisemitisms (see here). Again, we should note, that Cllr Day, apologised and undertook some training.
“I should make it clear, that in my opinion, anyone who has clearly been found to have published, commented or remarked in an antisemitic way, should be dealt with appropriately!”
But, if some local, and long serving, Labour Party members are no longer involved, or felt pushed out, is surely to the detriment of the movement locally?
It’s also worth noting
That last year, as reported in the media, Cllr Ishfaq Hussain, a Conservative for Dogsthorpe, was found to have said on-line, that Jewish people living in Israel are not “true Jews” and that Israel is part of a “Zionist trilogy” alongside America and Saudi Arabia which “breed terrorists”.
Anyhow, these are of course just my thoughts, but, if you have an opinion, please do drop a comment below.
- Jewish Labour Movement calls on party to suspend new Peterborough MP over anti-semitism row
- Then of course there was the time a Conservative Councillor for East Ward, Azher Iqbal, was seen on video shouting “Indian dogs to go back”, during a rally.