I found Nick Churchill’s letter regarding alleged Antisemitism in Harlow’s Labour party a very interesting read.
I attended the hustings in Harlow and was incredibly disappointed that Laura McAlpine appeared unwilling and/or unable to answer the question regarding the same subject from the floor and refused to give any specifics on what, if anything, she would do about any issues of antisemitism in her party or even her own close-knit team. Merely saying, as she did, that an awful thing like antisemitism is disgusting and awful is in no way an answer but a sad and worrying deflection away from a genuinely concerning question.
This was further compounded by the views loudly and repeatedly shouted from a number of Labour supporters on the floor, regarding the Labour party members who had left the party due to antisemitism were just secret ‘dirty Tories’ all along. This begs very serious questions about how deep and wide spread these prejudicial and negative feelings towards the Jewish community in the Labour party?
This was only made more serious with Labour’s party leader also refusing to condemn or apologise for the myriad of reported antisemitic issues in his party in his recent interview with Andrew Marr. It makes me think that not only is this a known issue for the Labour party but likely a deliberate approach to deflect and ignore it in favour of other preferred issues of discrimination, set out in their new Race and Faith Manifesto. I almost cannot believe that any political party today would seemingly ignore one set of issues of Racial and cultural/religious discrimination in favour of other ones based on optics alone; because they believe it makes their opponents look bad. Millions of people have lived in fear and been killed due to antisemitism and it is a very serious issue that should never be marginalised, no Racial discrimination should ever be favoured over another, especially for political gain, it’s quite sickening. No one should be judged on what they are or how they were born, people should only be judged on their merits, who they are and what they have done.
The other more specific issue from the first part of that same question from the floor was regarding Brett Hawksbee. Laura McAlpine’s only response amounted to telling us that he’d [Hawksbee] said sorry and to play semantics with job titles, claiming that she had only a group of people she worked with and had no aides. I presume she meant the Labour activist group Momentum as they appeared to be there in force to shout down and distract (with physical noise-making devices) her political opponents, especially Robert Halfon the Conservative Party candidate who is also Jewish.
Quite shockingly it would appear that some also cheered on Mr Hawksbee as he aggressively approached the man who had just publicly identified himself as of Jewish Heritage after he had asked the Antisemitism/Mr Hawksbee question and furiously demanded that this man ‘come outside’ with him alone to get some ‘real answers’.
As Mr Hawksbee appears to be very active in Harlow Momentum I would be interested to find out if the Harlow Labour Party supports the activities of Momentum in the town?
I would also like to know if Harlow Momentum are affiliated to Harlow Labour and if Harlow Labour supports the activities of Momentum and do they condone the views of the person who apparently set up the Momentum group in Harlow?
I did read with interest an article in your pages about Momentum hosting the alleged AntiSemitic Chris Williamson earlier this year and you identified four sitting councillors as Momentum members:
Netteswell councillor, Shannon Jezzard
Netteswell councillor Nancy Watson
Bush Fair councillor Jodi Dunne
Mark Hall councillor Lanie Shears
Should they too now be investigated by the Labour party?
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