Thursday, 19 July 2018

Labour antisemitism code could breach Equality Act

'Labour has been warned that its antisemitism definition could breach the Equality Act, as the party battles to contain the fall-out with Jewish members over its new code of conduct.

The Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) will hand the party new legal advice, ahead of a crunch meeting on Tuesday, which advises that the party's decision to exclude some examples from an international antisemitism definition breaches the 2010 act.

The advice, seen by the Guardian, suggests that because Labour has ignored the so-called Macpherson principle – that a racist incident is one perceived to be racist by the victim – when it comes to antisemitism, Jews are being treated less favourably than other groups.

The legal advice has been prepared by law lecturer Tom Frost and confirmed by Doughty Street QC Jonathan Cooper.'

Fascinating piece 

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