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27/09/2021 15:29 BST

Ex-MP Louise Ellman Rejoins Labour Party

Ellman quit Labour in 2019 having accused Jeremy Corbyn of allowing anti-Semitism to become “mainstream” in the party.

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Louise Ellman, the former senior Labour MP who quit the party over anti-Semitism, has rejoined.

In a statement released on Monday afternoon, Ellman said she believed under Keir Starmer Labour “once again” had a leader in whom “Britain’s Jews can have trust”.

“Whilst there remains a great deal more to do to tackle anti- Semitism in the party, I am encouraged by the steps already taken and the progress made so far,” she said.

“Keir has shown a willingness to confront both the anti-Jewish racists and the toxic culture which allowed anti-Semitism to flourish.

“In beginning the process of stamping out the poison of anti-Semitism, he has demonstrated leadership and, crucially, action. He has my full support.” 

Ellman served as the MP for Liverpool Riverside from 1997 to 2019 before resigning.

At the time she said Jeremy Corbyn had allowed anti-Semitism to become “mainstream” in the party. “Jewish members have been bullied, abused and driven out,” she said.

In response to the move, Stamer said he had committed himself to “ripping out the poison of anti-Semitism from our party”.

“We have made significant progress, but I have always said that that the true test of success is regaining the trust of the Jewish community, and for Jewish people to know that the Labour Party is a safe place for them,” he said.

“Louise Ellman re-joining our Party is a poignant moment. Her courage and dignity in standing up against appalling abuse is testament to her Labour values.”

On Sunday Labour’s conference approved Starmer’s move to introduce an independent complaints process for allegations of anti-Semitism in the party.

It was among the changes demanded by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in its damning report into racism in the party.