Labour Students notes the conclusions of Baroness Royall’s inquiry into antisemitism at Oxford University Labour Club (OULC) and Shami Chakrabarti’s inquiry into the wider Labour Party.
Baroness Royall’s inquiry into OULC made a number of recommendations about what Labour Students should look like and how it should respond to incidents of antisemitism. We accept the report’s recommendations in full and will continue to work to ensure that all our Labour Clubs are safe spaces for members to come together to debate and campaign.
We look forward to working with the Union of Jewish Students and the Jewish Labour Movement to provide training for our members on what antisemitism is, how best to respond to it, and to empower Jewish students to lead on this issue. We’re hopeful this will expand on our work in guaranteeing that Labour Students is at all levels a welcoming space for Jewish students to express their views, attend meetings and events. In particular, antisemitic language, epithets or tropes will never be tolerated in our movement.
We also welcome the findings of the Chakrabarti Inquiry into the Labour Party as a whole, and welcome the direction set by the national party as a result of this.
Our strong relationship with the Union of Jewish Students is one we continue to be proud of, and we will work hand in hand with them to make these positive changes.
While the circumstances that brought about both the Royall and Chakrabarti inquiries were deeply challenging, we believe that both reports represent an opportunity to renew our commitment to fighting antisemitism.
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