The Labour Party has published the action plan for tackling antisemitism within its ranks after securing approval from the Equality and Human Rights Commission that earlier this year found it responsible for unlawful acts.
The legally-required plan was developed in six weeks after the EHRC report was published. It was sent to the body for approval on December 10th after being unanimously agreed by Labour’s national executive committee.
Now released in full, the formal response to the EHRC investigation into Labour antisemitism sets out the key steps that the party will take to implement the recommendations of the binding report from October.
The reforms are summarised by the plan as such:
- Leadership committed to zero-tolerance of antisemitism, culture change and action against offenders
- Independent antisemitism complaints handling process to be set up as soon as possible
- All national executive committee and national constitutional committee antisemitism panels to be assisted by external lawyers
- Consultation with the Jewish community will be built into all aspects of the action plan. With immediate effect, we will establish a high-level advisory board and a reference group to work closely with the Labour Party and act as a sounding board
- Summary of case decisions to be posted on the Labour Party website
- Strengthen due diligence checks on candidates
- Labour Party website to be updated with dedicated pages for antisemitism complaints
- Develop a complaints handling handbook for all staff and to especially guide those handling antisemitism complaints
- Strengthen social media guidelines to make clear that sharing or liking antisemitic content will be subject to disciplinary action
- Deliver, alongside Jewish stakeholders, appropriate antisemitism training for all staff
- Protocol to be published governing the Leadership’s interaction with disciplinary and complaints procedures
In the plan’s foreword, Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner say: “First, we will change the way complaints of antisemitism and all other forms of racism are handled.