Bad News for Labour: Antisemitism, the Party and Public Belief

Book Title Bad News for Labour
Author Name Greg Philo, Mike Berry, Justin Schlosberg, Antony Lerman, David Miller
Publishing house Pluto Press
Country – city UK
Date of issue 2019
Number of pages 192

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Jointly written by five leading voices on the topic, this book looks at the contentious issue of antisemitism in the Labour Party today, and sets out ways of addressing the problem while maintaining the integrity of the organisation.

The first part of the book includes original material on public beliefs about antisemitism in the Labour Party, and the kinds of problems this poses regarding voting intentions and demoralization of the membership.

The writers then investigate the institutional problems and policy decisions that prevented a coherent and well-planned response from the party, and how Labour can rectify this today.

The book progresses to explore in depth the coverage of the issue in mainstream media outlets, and the partial accounts presented to the public. The writers focus on the debates around the IHRA definition, and the accusations made against David Miller which were eventually dismissed and set an important precedent.

At the end of the book, Mike Berry provides a helpful chronological account of the arguments surrounding this issue from the beginning of Corbyn’s leadership to the present.

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