Confirmed: existing Code of Conduct protections still apply until strengthened one agreed

Senior Labour insiders have confirmed that the protections of the existing Code of Conduct still apply and govern the application of the additional IHRA examples that were adopted yesterday by the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC). With regard to free speech on the subjects of Israel and Palestine, the key paragraphs from the Code are below […]

Code+/IHRA back on 4 Sep agenda – but avoiding delay to Democracy Review discussion crucial

  The header of the NEC’s ‘standing orders’ The Labour National Executive Committee’s (NEC) standing orders state that the issue of Labour’s Code of Conduct should not be discussed until October at the earliest – after the three-month minimum from the July NEC meeting that first approved the Code expires. In spite of that rule […]

Unite plays hardball with Beckett smear

Jasmin Beckett Former Labour NEC member – and current candidate – Jasmin Beckett has a problematic history regarding antisemitism allegations. She was accused of inciting false allegations of antisemitism against a rival to secure a place on the NEC as Labour’s youth representative. She has also been a prominent voice in the current spate of […]

Unison official resigns over Prentis IHRA examples support

A week ago, Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said that his union would support the adoption by the Labour Party of the IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) examples of antisemitism in full. In doing so, he opened the way for his own union to be labelled antisemitic. Labour has adopted the entire IHRA ‘working definition’, […]

Exclusive: Lansman clarifies position on full IHRA examples

Jon Lansman A month ago today, Momentum founder and Labour National Executive Committee (NEC) member Jon Lansman described Labour’s new Code of Conduct as the ‘gold standard’ in terms of political party guidelines on antisemitism. Since then, various news outlets have claimed that Lansman has been lobbying NEC members and the party leadership to accede […]

Video: ‘gangster’ Ian Austin’s surgery picketed by pro-Palestine protesters

Dudley North MP Ian Austin Right-wing Labour MP Ian Austin is one of the most abrasive of the so-called ‘moderates’ – and one of the most intransigent supporters of Israel regardless of its actions. When the Israeli army massacred around sixty unarmed Palestinians and maimed thousands of others, including journalists, during the recent ‘Nakba’ protests, […]

Reynolds on his reasons for Israel visit

Jonathan Reynolds MP Front-bencher Andrew Gwynne has responded to criticism of his participation in a Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) delegation to Israel a few weeks after Israeli soldiers massacred over sixty protesters and seriously injured thousands more by posting a defence to his Facebook page. LFI responded to the killings with a despicable, victim-blaming […]

Gwynne defends Israeli visit

Shadow Communities Secretary Andrew Gwynne Front-bencher Andrew Gwynne is one of several Labour MPs whose visit to Israel as part of a Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) delegation this week has attracted outrage in the wake of the slaughter of over sixty Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza – and the serious wounding of thousands more – […]

Labour MPs react to Gaza massacre – by posing for ‘tourist’ snaps in Israel

Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) caused outrage recently by issuing a ‘victim-blaming’ statement in response to the massacre of around sixty Palestinians by Israeli soldiers. Three Labour MPs distanced themselves from the group after the statement, asking for their names to be removed from LFI’s list of supporters – two even claimed that their names […]

MP Harris leaves LFI supporter list – believed to have been added without consent

MP and Welsh Labour deputy leader Carolyn Harris Yesterday, the SKWAWKBOX published the names of six Labour MPs that had disappeared from the list of Labour Friends of Israel’s (LFI) parliamentary supporters, after parliamentary sources told this blog that MPs had been removed after saying they were listed without consent. The list missing the six […]