A year on from the Equality and Human Rights Commissions’ investigation into antisemitism in the Labour Party, the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) sought its members views on what progress the party had made in tackling antisemitism, and making the party a safe space for Jewish members.
We wanted to understand our members’ views on whether the Party has made progress in changing for the better since the EHRC report and the election of Keir Starmer as Party Leader. We had an amazing response, with over 600 of our members filling out our survey.
Our findings are really encouraging. Our members are clear that progress has been made, Labour is safer for Jews under Starmer and the vast majority trust him to tackle antisemitism.
Our key findings
- 70% of you said Labour is a safe space for Jewish people under Keir Starmer’s leadership. Only 4% agreed it was under Jeremy Corbyn.
- 91% of Jewish JLM members agree with the statement: ‘I trust that Keir Starmer is genuinely trying to tackle antisemitism’.
- 85% of Jewish JLM members agree that Under Keir Starmer’s leadership, I trust the Labour Party to tackle antisemitism.’ 9% disagreed.
- Under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, 94% of you disagreed with this statement and very few (2.8%) agreed.
- 88% of you agree that ‘Over the past twelve months, the Labour Party has made positive changes to its policies, processes, rules and culture in relation to antisemitism.’ 5% disagree.
- 74% of respondents agree that any complaints they make to the Labour Party about antisemitism will be taken seriously.
Because of concerns over antisemitism under the last leadership:
- 28% of Jewish JLM members sampled considered leaving the Party
- 28% of Jewish JLM members sampled left the Labour Party
- 54% of Jewish JLM members knew of Jewish friends or family who left the Labour Party