SIR Keir Starmer has been praised by Jewish leaders for achieving ‘more in four days than his predecessor in four years’ in tackling anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.
Sir Keir (pictured), who replaced Jeremy Corbyn, spoke to community leaders over Skype, along with the party’s new deputy Angela Rayner.
He called Labour’s failure to deal with anti-Semitism a ‘disgrace’ and demanded all outstanding cases be ‘on my desk at the end of the week’.
An independent complaints process will also be set up, he said.
In a statement afterwards, Board of Deputies president Marie van der Zyl, Jewish Leadership Council chairman Jonathan Goldstein, Community Security Trust chairman Gerald Ronson and Jewish Labour Movement chairman Mike Katz said: ‘While we would have fully understood the need to focus entirely on coronavirus, Keir Starmer has achieved in four days more than his predecessor in four years in addressing anti-Semitism.’
They said they want ‘a normal relationship with Labour’ to discuss the ‘full range of issues, from religious freedom to Israel, from Jewish schools to poverty — not just anti-Semitism. This has certainly been a good start’.
Afterwards Sir Keir said the party needed to set new standards in the way it tackled anti-Semitism.