Chakrabarti: Time for Labour to tackle anti-Semitism

From BBC - April 16, 2018

Labour officials have the "resources"to tackle anti-Semitism within the party, shadow attorney general Baroness Chakrabarti has insisted.

The peer implied to the BBC there was still a "serious problem", nearly two years after a report she wrote for Jeremy Corbyn urged action to address an "occasionally toxic atmosphere".

She accepted not all her June 2016 recommendations had been implemented.

But she said general secretary Jennie Formby had prioritised the issue.

Jewish groups, which demonstrated outside Parliament last month, have demanded urgent action - including the full implementation of the 2016 report - after a number of high-profile rows.

It is understood that Mr Corbyn will meet representatives from the Board of Deputies of British Jews and Jewish Leadership Council for talks on 24 April amid calls for investigations into cases of alleged anti-Semitism, including that of suspended former London Mayor Ken Livingstone, to be expedited.

Baroness Chakrabarti's 2016 investigation concluded Labour was "not overrun" by anti-Semitism, Islamophobia or other forms of racism but made a number of recommendations to confront what it found was clear evidence of "ignorant attitudes" among some party members.


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