The Last Word: I will not be shamed out of Labour

Richard Angell  |  29 September 2017

First they tried to bore us out, then they tried to bully us out … now they try to shame us out. It will not work, writes Progress director Richard Angell Labour’s new establishment is learning from and emulating the old establishment fast. The hard-left believes its own rhetoric about New Labour’s media manipulation and conference …

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The Last Word: Offensive – and wrong

Richard Angell  |  7 April 2017

Ken Livingstone’s warped view of history, Diane Abbott on taxing private schools, and a sad farewell to Sarah Hayward – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word I had two statements ready for the outcome of Ken Livingstone’s hearing regarding his Adolf Hitler ‘supported Zionism … before going mad’ outbursts of April 2016. …

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The Livingstone verdict cannot rest

Joan Ryan MP  |  5 April 2017

Jeremy Corbyn must prove that pronouncements about zero tolerance towards antisemitism are more than just words, argues Labour Friends of Israel chair Joan Ryan MP Despite being found guilty of bringing Labour into disrepute, Ken Livingstone was apparently saved from expulsion because of his long service to the party. Let’s be clear: Livingstone has an …

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Passover with Ken Livingstone

Jay Stoll  |  5 April 2017

If Ken Livingstone could attend Seder with my family I might be spared the indignity of having to explain Labour’s inaction on antisemitism, argues Jay Stoll  Next week is Passover, the Jewish festival of liberation. For those unfamiliar, or for comrades a bit too attached to the adaptation in Disney’s Prince of Egypt, Passover can be …

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We stay. We stand. We fight

Mike Katz  |  5 April 2017

Jeremy Corbyn needs to step in and ensure the Ken Livingstone verdict is urgently reviewed, writes Jewish Labour Movement vice-chair Mike Katz Yesterday’s verdict on was a slap on the wrist for Ken Livingstone and a slap in the face for Jewish Labour members and supporters – indeed, thousands of Labour Party members of all faiths …

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Standing by, not standing up

Richard Angell  |  5 April 2017

Labour failed in its duty to make the party a safe space for Jewish people, writes Progress director Richard Angell Yesterday Labour launched its local election campaign with the slogan ‘Standing up for you’. By the end of day it was shown to be utterly meaningless. I have never felt more ashamed to be a member …

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Labour’s shame reaches across borders

Conor Pope  |  3 April 2017

Ken Livingstone’s remarks have left a black mark on the name of a party once internationally renowned for its anti-racism, argues Progress deputy editor Conor Pope We were halfway through a tour of Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem, when our tour guide, an academic historian, paused mid-point. ‘This is why it is so important …

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Do not hold your breath

Richard Angell  |  30 March 2017

Corbyn’s Labour has dragged its feet on real action to combat the party’s antisemitism problem, argues Richard Angell A year ago I wrote a piece for this publication entitled ‘Concrete action needed’. Its sister piece in the Daily Mirror set out an eight-point plan suggesting what Labour could do about the antisemitism problem that was engulfing the party. Vicky …

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We must carry the truth forward

Mike Katz  |  27 January 2017

Holocaust Memorial Day is a stark reminder of the need to stand up for the truth in public life, writes national vice-chair of the Jewish Labour movement Mike Katz Seventy-two years ago today, Auschwitz-Brikenau, the largest Nazi concentration camp, was liberated. Since 2000, 27 January has served as Holocaust Memorial Day, the annual commemoration of …

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Tackling antisemitism is not a zero-sum game

Mike Katz  |  19 October 2016

Tackling antisemitism is not a zero-sum game. The vast majority of people who are worried by the rising levels of antisemitism in our society highlighted by the home affairs select committee report do not want to see the world’s oldest prejudices stamped out at the expense of addressing all other bigotry. There truly is no …

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