Labour MPs to force vote on IHRA definition of antisemitism

Labour MPs are set to force the party’s ruling NEC into a vote on the IHRA definition of antisemitism backed by Jewish community groups.

An emergency motion to be debated by Labour MPs on Monday will call for the Parliamentary party’s standing orders to be amended to include the full IHRA definition and all of its accompanying examples.

Party rules state that any changes to the Parliamentary party’s standing orders “must be endorsed by the NEC”, in effect forcing the NEC to carry out a vote on adopting the IHRA definition if the motion is passed.

MPs are attempting to force the NEC’s hand after it rejected the IHRA definition in favour of its own widely criticised version that would allow party members to accuse Jews of split loyalties on Israel and claim that the existence of a state of Israel is a racist endeavour.

The party formally adopted its own definition without a vote at this week’s NEC meeting after a number of members of the committee including Eddie Izzard and Deputy Leader Tom Watson made their concerns known.

The new motion is all but guaranteed to pass after a previous motion endorsing IHRA definition was opposed by just four of the party’s MPs – Chris Williamson, Andy Slaughter, Grahame Morris and Richard Burden.

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