Hertsmere MP urges Prime Minister to address anti-Semitism in politics

PUBLISHED: 09:35 21 October 2016

Oliver Dowden addressing anti-Semitism at Prime Minister's Questions

Oliver Dowden addressing anti-Semitism at Prime Minister's Questions


Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden, who covers Potters Bar, has urged Prime Minister Theresa May to address anti-Semitic political environments.

As joint-chair of the all-party parliamentary group on British Jews, Mr Dowden addressed the issue in Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, October 19.

He highlighted the importance of combating political environments where anti-Semitism is tolerated, following the recent Home Affairs Select Committee report into the issue.

In the Chamber of the House of Commons, Mr Dowden said: “Many constituents have contacted me to express concern about anti-Semitism. I am sure all members of this House would agree that we should show zero tolerance.

“But does the Prime Minister agree that all political parties are also under a duty to ensure that they do not create an environment in which anti-Semitism is seen to be tolerated.”

After Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Dowden added: “I was very pleased to hear that the Prime Minister fully shares this view.”

In June, following revelations of anti-Semitism within the Labour Party, Mr Dowden wrote to the leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn MP, to express his concern and urge him to tackle this problem.

Last year Mr Dowden also successfully lobbied the Metropolitan Police in relation to a proposed anti-Semitic rally due to be held in Golders Green, London.

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