'Labour MP and Jeremy Corbyn critic to advise government on tackling anti-Jewish hatred'
'Theresa May has appointed the Labour MP John Mann as an independent adviser on antisemitism, a critic of Jeremy Corbyn’s approach to handling anti-Jewish hatred.
In one of her last acts as prime minister, May also appointed Imam Qari Asim, the deputy chair of the anti-Muslim hatred working group, as the government’s adviser on Islamophobia to help develop a legal definition after one proposed by MPs and campaigners was rejected by the government.
Mann, who chairs the all-party parliamentary group against antisemitism, will give the next communities secretary advice on antisemitism.
May said Mann was a “key voice on this matter” and had “tirelessly used his role as a politician to speak out on behalf of victims of anti-Jewish racism”
The outgoing prime minister, who used her penultimate prime minister’s questions to attack Labour’s record in dealing with the issue within the party, said: “Antisemitism is racism. It has absolutely no place in our society and we must fight its bitter scourge wherever it rears its head.
“I’ve been proud to lead a government that is tackling such discrimination in all its forms – from making sure courts have the powers they need to deal with those who peddle hatred, to asking the Law Commission to undertake a full review of hate crime legislation. But there is yet more to do.”
Mann said he would continue to be a strong voice on anti-Jewish hatred. “If we stay silent on the issue of antisemitism, we unwittingly allow cowardice and bigotry to speak its own repulsive language,” he said.
“I will continue to call out those throwing stones of hatred at Jewish people, and will endeavour to give a clarion call to government on prejudice and discrimination on this issue.”
Asim’s appointment comes after the government promised to develop its own definition of Islamophobia, after the communities secretary, James Brokenshire, was strongly criticised for rejecting a definition developed with community groups.'
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