Front bench response to 2021 Labour Resolution on Palestine

Posted on 26-10-21 by Kevin Taylor Number of votes: 0 | Number of comments: 0

Please see below the letter our CLP executive agreed to send to Lisa Nandy/ Wayne David/ shadow front bench re the leadershhip's stance on the Palestine resolution overwhelmingly passed at this year's conference

Dear Lisa Nandy/Wayne David/ front bench team

re:Labour Party Shadow Front Bench policy on Palestine

Central Devon CLP

Earlier this year, our CLP unanimously passed a motion supporting the ongoing drive to try and achieve justice for the Palestinian people in Israel and the Occupied territories. It was submitted to the NEC (acknowledged by Ann Black) and uploaded onto the NPF site on 20th July.

So, it was very pleasing that the Palestinian motion submitted to this year's conference was overwhelmingly passed- I note that it contains many of the points we raised in our motion and brings it up to date.

However, it was confusing, and rather deflating to say the least, when various sections of the media reported that the Party leadership were not in agreement with the motion.

Specifically, I refer to quotes from a statement issued by Lisa stating that she could not support the Palestinian motion.

The statement was referred to in articles in the Jewish News and the Independent both dated Sept 27th 2021 (the articles are available online and I have included excerpts from the articles below).

At our meeting dated October 20th, it was agreed to contact you to try to clarify Labour shadow front bench policy on Palestine.

Our CLP would like to know:

if you are supportive of all the paragraphs within the resolution; particularly those which refer to "another significant step towards" and the "practising" of apartheid as defined by the UN;

and how you believe the motion could be made more comprehensive and balanced.

The Jewish News article was under the headline

"Lisa Nandy: Labour leadership 'cannot support pro Palestine motion' at conference"

and went on to say:

"Shadow foreign secretary's statement, supported by Keir Starmer, said the proposals 'does not address the issues in a comprehensive or balanced way'."

The Independent's article repeated the above in much the same way.

Many thanks and we look forward to receiving your clarification,

Yours sincerely

Executive Committee of Central Devon CLP

Referring to: International

The International Policy Commission develops Labour’s international policy. It is responsible for foreign policy, international development and defence.

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