Board of Deputies President condemns Yom Kippur vote of no confidence against Labour MP Louise Ellman

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has condemned a vote of no confidence tabled against Labour MP Louise Ellman to be heard at a constituency meeting on Yom Kippur – the Jewish Day of Atonement.

Marie said: “That a Jewish MP should be threatened with a vote of no confidence tabled for Yom Kippur – the holiest day in the Jewish calendar when she has no opportunity even to respond  – ought to be a source of deep shame for the Labour Party. That Labour shelters antisemites while attacking anti-racism campaigners is why the EHRC is investigating a political party for the first time since it looked into the activities of the BNP. Louise Ellman has fought bravely against antisemitism in her own party, and she should be applauded, not vilified.”

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