Jewish groups call for demotion of Cllr Jim Sheridan over British Jews comments
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Jewish groups call for demotion of Cllr Jim Sheridan over British Jews comments

The appointment was highlighted as evidence of Labour's 'failure regarding antisemitism". 

Former Labour MP Jim Sheridan. Photo credit: John Stilwell/PA Wire
Former Labour MP Jim Sheridan. Photo credit: John Stilwell/PA Wire

Jewish groups have called for an “immediate reversal” on the promotion of a councillor probed for saying he had lost “respect and empathy” for British Jews over the antisemitism crisis.

Sheridan, who was suspended for five months over comments made online about the community, was appointed last week as deputy leader of Renfrewshire Labour.

The letter, signed by the Board of Deputies, Jewish Leadership Council and Community Security Trust, was sent to Labour General Secretary Jennie Formby today.

It is the second letter of complaint written by Jewish groups to the party in recent weeks after a video emerged of the now-suspended NEC member Pete Willsman using an antisemitic slur.

In the recording, Willsman claimed Israeli interference was behind a letter signed by 68 rabbis last year stating Labour ignored the Jewish community.

This latest letter claims the move to appoint Sheridan to his new post “demonstrates the Labour Party’s failure regarding antisemitism”.

“In light of his Facebook posting, we consider it bad enough that Mr Sheridan was readmitted to the Labour Party – particularly after he defended his actions – but his subsequent quick promotion […] makes the matter even more serious,” the letter states.

“This vicious cycle can only be stopped by strong leadership. We urge that Mr Sheridan’s promotion be immediately reversed.”

Sheridan was suspended last summer after the party received a complaint over a  Facebook post stating his loss of “respect and empathy” for the community over the antisemitism row.

“I was cleared so what people’s opinions are is entirely up to them. I can’t influence them, nor do I want to influence their opinions,” Sheridan said this month, referencing antisemitism claims, according to The Gazette.

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