A group of creatives have signed an open letter in support of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn ahead of the upcoming UK elections.
The letter, which was issued to NME, has been signed by 30 public figures which include the likes of Brian Eno, Thurston Moore, Roger Waters, Maxine Peake, Noam Chomsky, Vivienne Westwood and more.
The letter was issued in direct response to criticism of Corbyn after claims of anti-semitism in the Labour ranks, a letter written and signed by the opposition who claim that “the prospect of a prime minister steeped in association with antisemitism” should be a concern for voters on December 12th.
Now though, in a bid to counter that criticism, a new letter has been released to show unrelenting support for Corbyn who has been described as “a life-long committed anti-racist” by the group.
See the full letter with a full list of names to sign it, below.
“The coming UK election is indeed a landmark and monumental one as signatories to a recent letter attest. However, we are outraged that Jeremy Corbyn, a life-long committed anti-racist, is being smeared as an anti-semite by people who should know better. Antisemitism is a problem within society and is present within all political parties and movements, including Labour. It must be confronted and rooted out at every turn. No political party or political leader has done more to address this problem than Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party. In the last two years, the speed of investigations has increased fourfold, staffing committed to dealing with the issue has doubled, legal experts have been drafted, and rules changed to expedite sanctions. But the prevailing evidence speaks for itself: Labour’s political opponents and much of the media have trivialised and weaponised this issue for ideological ends.
“Progressives around the world are looking to this election and to the Labour Party as a beacon of hope in the struggle against emergent far-right nationalism, xenophobia and racism in much of the democratic world. It has never been more important that voters are made aware of the truth of what the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn stands for: the eradication of all racism, including antisemitism, wherever it rears its ugly head.”
Michael Mansfield QC
David Graeber (London School of Economics)
Des Freedman (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Justin Schlosberg (Birkbeck, University of London)