Key Appointments for JLM

Luciana Berger MP to become JLM Parliamentary Chair
We are pleased to announce that Shadow Mental Health Minister Luciana Berger has been elected as Parliamentary Chair of JLM.  This new post was created following the governance review carried out earlier this year.  As Parliamentary Chair, Luciana will chair our new Parliamentary and Political Council.  This is the main vehicle through which Labour parliamentarians will engage with our work. 

Member of Parliament for Liverpool Wavertree, Luciana was elected to Parliament in 2010. She was appointed Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change, and then Shadow Minister for Public Health, campaigning for the NHS.  At the general election in 2015 Luciana was re-elected with  70 per cent of the total number of votes in the constituency on the highest ever General Election turnout.  In September 2015 she was appointed the first-ever Shadow Minister for Mental Health to serve at Shadow Cabinet level. 

Luciana is a popular figure in the UK Jewish Community with a reputation for longstanding involvement in fighting racism and antisemitism.  

Luciana said:  "I am excited to be joining JLM's leadership team as the movement is preparing to mark its centenary of affiliation to the Labour Party.  JLM has a key role to play in strengthening what should be a natural alliance between the Labour Party and the Jewish community.  I look forward to helping nurture that relationship."

JLM National Chair Jeremy Newmark said: "It is fantastic to have a parliamentarian of Luciana's calibre as our new Parliamentary Chair.  Her inspiring leadership will be another important building block in our work to enhance the role of JLM within the Labour Party."

Luciana recently joined JLM members to campaign for Sadiq Khan at one of our phone banks

Ivor Caplin to Chair JLM South East Region
After JLM’s successful re-launch earlier this year, we are now moving on to the next stage of changing the way we organise locally. These groups will be aligned with the regional structure of the Labour Party and work closely with regional boards and local CLPs in each region.  We are pleased to announce that Ivor Caplin will be the first Chair of our new South East Region.  Ivor was MP for Hove between 1997-2005.  During this time he served in the Labour Goverment as a PPS, FCO whip and Minister for veterans at the Ministry of Defence. He was also the first Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on English Language Teaching. Ivor is actively involved in Brighton & Hove Jewish community where he currently serves as chair of their 250th anniversary celebrations.

Ivor Caplin, former MoD Minister & new JLM SE Regional Chair

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Response to Report of Royall Inquiry into Antisemitism at Oxford University Labour Club

Commenting on the release of parts of Baroness Royall's report, JLM Chair Jeremy Newmark said:

“Baroness Royall conducted a fair, balanced and rigorous process. She gained the trust and confidence of everybody she engaged with.

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Details of Labour Party Inquiry Into Antisemitism & Other Forms of racism

Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn has commissioned an internal Inquiry into antisemitism and other forms of racism within the Labour Party.

We publish below details of the remit/terms of reference for the Inquiry as released by the Leader's Office earlier today.

This is an independent Inquiry commissioned by the Leader.  JLM is publishing these details in order to assist and encourage those of our members who want to make submissions and engage with the process.

(Please note that this Inquiry is separate from the Labour Party Inquiry commissioned by the NEC and led by Baroness Royall.  That Inquiry is investigating a set of specific allegations of racism & antisemitism as well as some related wider issues.  Baroness Royall is expected to report back to the NEC next week.)

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Message to JLM from Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson MP

Dear members of the Jewish Labour Movement

I wanted to write to you as the Jewish community prepares to hold ceremonies to mark Yom HaShoah, the Jewish day of remembrance for victims of the Holocaust which took place this week.

In a world full of the evils of humanity, the Holocaust stands as the most evil act of all.

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JLM Statement on Naz Shah MP

Earlier today, JLM National Chair Jeremy Newmark made the following statement about events following the revelation that Naz Shah MP had posted antisemitic statements on Facebook some time before her election as an MP:

“Naz Shah is a politician who is clearly on a political journey, from a Respect firebrand in the choppy waters of local Bradford politics to the Labour Party. She courageously stood up to George Galloway’s bigotry at the General Election. However, her historic remarks and posting were repugnant and completely unacceptable.

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JLM Rulebook changes to tackle antisemitism proposed

The Jewish Labour Movement, with help from supporters in the Labour Party will be proposing a change to the Labour Party rulebook calling for stricter rules and sanctions to be placed upon members who have made racist, antisemitic or islamophobic statements.

BBC News covered the proposed change today.


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JLM Chair on Antisemitism - BBC Today Programme 16 March 2016 (07:19)

JLM National Chair, Jeremy Newmark was interviewed by Sarah Montagu on the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme on 16 March 2016. The interview covered the question of antisemitism within the Labour Party.

A transcript of the full interview follows here:

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Statement on Woking CLP

Yesterday evening, the Jewish Labour Movement wrote to the Woking Constituency Labour Party informing them of our intention to affiliate to the CLP under the provisions within the Labour Party Rule Book, with the specific intention of bringing forward a vote of no confidence in the CLP Vice-Chair at the earliest possible opportunity.

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JLM Meets With Israeli Labor Party General Secretary/Deputy Speaker of Knesset MK Hilik Bar

Earlier today member of the JLM NEC met with Member of Knesset Hilik Bar.  


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JLM NEC Meeting with Labour Party Deputy Leader Tom Watson MP


JLM NEC Members with Labour Party Deputy Leader Tom Watson MP
29 February 2016
House of Commons, London

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