A controversial campaigner who supported activists suspended from Labour over alleged antisemitism has taken her seat in the House of Lords.
Baroness Osamor was flanked by supporters Lord Harris of Haringey and Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon, as she swore the oath of allegiance to the Queen.
Her nomination by Jeremy Corbyn angered Jewish groups, who said it was a “two-fingered salute” to the community.
The civil rights campaigner signed a letter protesting over the suspensions of party members for alleged anti-Semitism, including Ken Livingstone, who was suspended over claims that Hitler supported Zionism in the 1930s.
Mr Livingstone subsequently resigned from Labour, saying the issues around his suspension had become a distraction.
Lady Osamor is the mother of Labour MP Kate Osamor, who recently stepped down from the Labour frontbench as shadow international development secretary following a row about her son’s conviction for possessing drugs.
While life in Israel has returned to normal and hopes are high that Britain is set for a summer without restrictions thanks to vaccines, for billions around the world there is no such imminent light at the end of the tunnel. In the majority of countries around the globe, particularly the poorest, the vaccine rollout has barely kicked off.
That's why Jewish News, the leading source of news and opinion for the entire UK community, is throwing its full weight behind UNICEF’s VaccinAid campaign by using this platform usually reserved for encouraging donations towards our own journalism to instead urge our readers around the globe to perform the greatest mitzvah: saving a life.
We have never before done this for any charity fundraiser but it's hard to recall a campaign that affects so many people, and indeed an entire planet aching for a return to normality. Just like the Chief Rabbi and Rachel Riley, we hope to boost the mission to deliver two billion vaccines, 165 million treatments and 900 million test kits around the world by the end of this year.
Please donate as much as you can, in the spirit of the Talmudic sages: “to save one life is to save the world entire”