'Dave Prentis, the Unison general secretary, has become the second major union boss in two days to call for Labour to adopt the full International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition on antisemitism, arguing that not doing so is costing the party the moral high ground to oppose racial hatred and oppression.
Prentis said the row had become a dangerous distraction for Labour and made it easy for supporters of Boris Johnson to wave away criticism of the former foreign secretary’s controversial remarks about fully veiled Muslim women “by saying ‘what about antisemitism in the Labour party?’”
In an article for the New Statesman, Prentis wrote: “Right now, adopting the full IHRA definition of antisemitism including all the examples, removing those guilty of racism from our party and putting the issue of Labour and antisemitism to bed as quickly as possible is critical to [helping Labour win the next election].”
He said the issue was already costing Labour votes, “as I saw for myself when campaigning in Barnet” in local elections this year. “Worse than that, it’s harming Labour’s historically close relationship with the Jewish community. And it’s costing us the moral high ground from which to oppose all forms of racial hatred and oppression.”'
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