Labour general secretary invites all members to antisemitism training

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Labour general secretary invites all members to antisemitism training

Exclusive: David Evans writes to all members of the party saying sessions would cover 'what antisemitic incidents look like in the UK and the world today.'

Lee Harpin is the Jewish News's political editor

David Evans (Credit: The Labour Party)
David Evans (Credit: The Labour Party)

Labour general secretary David Evans has emailed party members  to invite them to “awareness raising training sessions on understanding antisemitism.”

In an email sent on Wednesday he said the sessions would cover “what antisemitic incidents look like in the UK and the world today.”

The online events are to be hosted by Mike Katz, the Jewish Labour Movement’s national chair, and Rebecca Filer, JLM’s national organiser.

They will focus on ” identifying different elements of antisemitism and how members of the Labour Party can create a welcoming environment for Jewish members.”

Evans, who revealed he had undergone training himself said Labour is built on the values of solidarity, equality and respect.

He said:” When I first became General Secretary of the Labour Party, I made my priorities clear.

“I want to ensure that our Party is a welcoming environment for all our members.

“In order to tackle antisemitism, it is vital to understand it.”

He added:” Our movement thrives when it is together. That’s why I am very grateful for all the invaluable work that has gone into this training session, and would like to stress its importance. I have undertaken the training myself and found it thought provoking and useful.”

The first online session takes place on June 14.

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