The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has joined the Jewish Labour Movement in a bid to show “support and appreciation” for Jewish people amid Labour’s ongoing antisemitism.
The mayor of London said he was “proud” to join former prime minister Gordon Brown in becoming an affiliated member of the organisation, which has been sharply critical of the party’s efforts to combat anti-Jewish abuse.
Last month JLM – which has been formally affiliated to Labour since 1920 – passed a motion branding Jeremy Corbyn “unfit to be Prime Minister” over his handling of the antisemitism crisis.
Khan said: “I know it’s been an extremely difficult time for members of the Jewish Labour Movement.
“Like me, the vast majority of those within the party are devastated by how let down the Jewish community and Jewish Labour members are feeling.
“That’s why it’s so important that we come together across the Labour movement to do whatever we can to make Jewish people feel at home in our party once again.”
In his message of support for the group, Khan said: “There’s no question, in my mind, that the Labour party has been far too slow at stamping out appalling antisemitism by some party members and supporters.”
And he added: “Standing in solidarity when any community is attacked or oppressed goes to the very core of Labour values.
“Now is the time for the hundreds of thousands of decent Labour members to be true to these values by demonstrating our support and appreciation for our Jewish Labour colleagues and the whole Jewish community. “