104 current Labour staffers have written to Labour General Secretary Jennie Formby to demand an immediate review of the decision to readmit Chris Williamson into the party, Jewish News can reveal.
Signatories, who wish to remain anonymous for fear of losing their employment, say they have been “made to feel unwelcome by [Williamson’s] presence whilst at work.”
In an unprecedented move, the letter is the first one written by Labour staff on antisemitism. Its authors, which include the vast majority of remaining Jewish party staff, affirm they “can stay silent no longer.”
“The decision to readmit Chris Williamson MP into the Party will help to
create an environment where Jewish and non-Jewish employees, who care deeply about fighting antisemitism, are made to feel unwelcome by his presence whilst at work,” the letter reads.
Featured in the letter is a 7-point list of actions taken by Williamson which suggest the decision to issue a formal warning was an inadequate response “for a party that claims to be anti-racist.”
They include Williamson’s campaign for the reinstatement of Labour activist Marc Wadsworth and the MP’s support for Gilad Atzmon, a musician accused of Shoah denial.
Read letter in full below: