By Luke James and Conrad Landin in Britain:
WE STAND UNITED AS A LABOUR MOVEMENT
Monday 2nd May 2016
As hundreds of millions of people celebrate International Workers’ Day, Corbyn takes on right-wing smears with attack on anti-Semitism.
LABOUR stands “united” against any form of anti-Semitism and racism, leader Jeremy Corbyn said yesterday in a passionate May Day address.
He celebrated the British labour movement’s record of fighting racism and called for a renewed campaign in solidarity with refugees and against the growth of the far-right in Europe.
“You solve problems by human rights, justice and respect and not by blaming minorities,” said the Labour leader.
“And so we stand absolutely against anti-Semitism in any form. We stand against racism in any form.
“We stand united as a labour movement recognising our faith diversity, our ethnic diversity and from that diversity comes strength.
“So those who attack people from different faiths standing for public office — and Sadiq Khan is being attacked at the moment — I say to them: shame on you!”
It came as Labour heavyweights hit back at claims of a supposed anti-Semitism crisis within the party after the suspensions of MP Naz Shah and former mayor of London Ken Livingstone last week.
Shadow international development secretary Diane Abbott also blasted suggestions that the party was beset by anti-Semitism as a “smear” against members who have spent a lifetime fighting racism.
And Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said anti-Semitism allegations were being “cynically” exploited by opponents of Mr Corbyn in a campaign to undermine his leadership.
“The truth of the matter is that I’ve been a member of the Labour Party for 45 years and there is no crisis of anti-Semitism in our party,” he told BBC 5 Live’s Pienaar’s Politics show.
“This is nothing more than a cynical attempt to manipulate anti-Semitism for political aims because this is all about constantly challenging Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.”
The Unite leader pointed out that socialists were “out on the cobblestones of Cable Street fighting against Mosley’s blackshirts” while right-wing newspapers were “the very people who supported elements of the Establishment and the aristocracy in the 1930s supporting Hitler.”
Ms Shah, before joining Labour, shared an allegedly anti-semitic post online, while Mr Livingstone clumsily highlighted links between the nazis and zionists in his attempts to defend her.
Mr Corbyn responded on Saturday by launching an inquiry into anti-Semitism and other forms of racism to be led former Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti and proposing a new code of conduct introducing clear rules against all racism for the first time.
On his BBC breakfast show, Andrew Marr said the inquiry shows that anti-Semitism has become an institutional problem for the Labour Party.
Ms Abbott accepted that the party could not insulate itself against prejudice in wider society, but she said: “It is a smear to say that the Labour Party has a problem with anti-Semitism.
“I joined the Labour Party because some of the bravest and strongest fighters against racism and anti-Semitism were in the party. There is no basis for arguing, as you seem to be arguing, that the Labour Party is riddled with anti-Semitism.
“It is not fair on ordinary Labour Party members, some of whom have spent a lifetime fighting racism and anti-Semitism, who must be shocked to get up this morning and hear you insinuate the Labour Party is riddled with anti-Semitism.”
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Leeds rallies for refugees’ working rights
Monday 2nd May 2016
ANTI-RACIST campaigners joined May Day demonstrations in Leeds at the weekend demanding asylum-seekers be given the right to work.
The Leeds No Borders group, which campaigns for the rights of asylum seekers and refugees in the city, took part in Leeds trades union council’s May Day march and rally on Saturday.
An asylum-seeker, who wished not to be named, told the Morning Star: “As someone seeking asylum since 2013, I find the law that prevents me from working completely unjust and a violation of one of the most basic human rights. Is it reasonable that we live in one of the strongest and richest countries yet we are given just £36 per week to live on and are not allowed to work? I speak with all the pain that this enormous psychological pressure creates as a result of this law.
“Many times I have wondered if suicide is my only option as I’m completely trapped.”
This video is called May Day 2016 London.
JOHN McDONNELL vowed Labour will “end neoliberalism” as he addressed a 3,000-strong May Day rally in Glasgow yesterday: here.