Camden Momentum resolution – re Jon Lansman. Passed overwhelmingly, 10 March 2019
At this time when Labour MPs who don’t agree with the Labour manifesto are leaving the party, Jon Lansman has made contentious and inappropriate remarks about antisemitism, effectively siding with those who have made unfounded allegations against the party, its members and its leadership:
– In the Evening Standard (front page, headline, 25 Feb) he is quoted as saying that “Labour has a major problem” with antisemitism;
– He recently said that it was a matter of time before the Derby North MP, Chris Williamson, “does something which results in a complaint being made which will then have to be investigated”, legitimising his subsequent suspension
– that “the most influential antisemitism-deniers, unfortunately, are Jewish anti-Zionists”
– and that “[JVL] is an organisation which is not just tiny but has no real connection with the Jewish community at all.”
Momentum was created out of the movement for Jeremy Corbyn to be elected as leader, to elect a Labour government, and to act as a bridge between the Party and the movement.
Jon Lansman’s remarks have undermined both Momentum and the Labour Party.
Camden Momentum therefore calls on the NCG (National Co-ordinating Group) to remove Jon Lansman from the chair of Momentum.