Keir Starmer admits Labour has ‘further to go’ in tackling antisemitism

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Keir Starmer admits Labour has ‘further to go’ in tackling antisemitism

Labour leader told LBC a 'lot of Jewish communities are now working with us - something they weren't willing to do before.'

Lee Harpin is the Jewish News's political editor

Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer appearing on the BBC1 current affairs programme, The Andrew Marr Show. (PA Media/Jeff Overs/BBC)
Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer appearing on the BBC1 current affairs programme, The Andrew Marr Show. (PA Media/Jeff Overs/BBC)

Sir Keir Starmer has admitted Labour has still got “further to go” in tackling anti-Jewish racism with his party.

But speaking to LBC breakfast show presenter Nick Ferrari he said: “I don’t think anyone could put their hand on their heart and say Keir Starmer is not taking antisemitism in the Labour Party seriously.  ”

Appearing on his monthly Call Keir slot, the Leader of the Opposition was asked by a listener why some antisemitism disciplinary cases resulted in people being allowed back into Labour.

He said:”We take action in all of the cases that are brought to our attention.

“The sanction, or what happens at the end,  will depend on each case.

“There will be cases that are investigated where it is thought in relation to what was said that after a period of time people can be reinstated.

“I haven’t got individual cases to my fingertips – but of course that happens.”

Sir Keir then went on to defend his record of tackling the problem of antisemitism under his watch.

“Of course we have got further to go,” he admitted.

Starmer also stressed how “lot of Jewish communities are now working with us – including doing education and training within the party – something they weren’t willing to do before.”

He added: “The important thing is, are we gaining the confidence of Jewish communities? I think we are.”

The Jewish Labour Movement have embarked on online training sessions for members, which are being promoted by general secretary David Evans.

Groups representing expelled or suspended Labour activists, including Labour Against the Witchhunt and Labour In Exile, have attempted to spark claims of rebellion against the sessions.

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...


Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.


There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.


In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.


Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish Newsalso produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more: