Glyn Secker, secretary of Jewish Voice for Labour, and Dr Alan Maddison, a solidarity member, have been crunching the data, recently released by General Secretary Jennie Formby, of allegations of antisemitism made against Labour members
Labour Briefing, March 2019
And a clear picture has finally emerged. Jennie Formby’s data confirms that the grounds for the attacks on Jeremy Corbyn and Labour have indeed been grossly exaggerated, and in some cases fabricated. Over the last ten months there were:
» 1,106 referrals of antisemitism allegations;
» 433 of these had nothing to do with party members, leaving 673 to be investigated;
» 220 of these were dismissed entirely for lack of evidence;
» this left 453 cases;
» 453 is 0.08% of the party’s 540,000 members – that’s about 1/12th of 1%;
» 96 of these resulted in suspensions – that’s 0.01%, or 1/100th of 1% of members;
» there were twelve expulsions – that’s 0.002%, or 1/500th of 1% of members!
By no stretch of the imagination can a 0.08% incidence support the claim of a ‘”rampant problem in Labour”. Of course, even one case of antisemitism is one too many. But these are vanishingly small statistics, especially when you consider that 2-5% of the general population are considered to be antisemitic.
This is not a wave, it is not even a ripple. In nautical terms it’s almost a dead flat calm. (…)