As part of the All-Party Inquiry into Antisemitism, three leading academics in the field of analysing and understanding antisemitism came to give evidence and brief MPs. The contributions of David Feldman, Paul Iganski and Ben Gidley will form part of the evidence base for the report which is due to be published in January.
On 4 November 2014, a special meeting was convened of the Cross-Government Working Group on Antisemitism. The meeting was addressed by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis -the first time any Chief Rabbi had spoken to the group â€“ and by Communities Minister Stephen Williams MP. Amongst the topics discussed were the increase in incidents over the summer period and concerns about social media.
As part of the All-Party Inquiry into Antisemitism, MPs from across the parties came to hear details of the latest rise in antisemitic incidents. Graham Brady MP, Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, David Davies MP, Rt Hon Sir Andrew Stunell MP and Luciana Berger MP all attended. The information provided by CST will help to inform the report being drafted for publication in January.
As part of a series of town hall meetings across the country, the PCAA Foundation visited Nottingham where leading member of the APPG Against Antisemitism, Lilian Greenwood MP spoke to the local Jewish community. Other speakers included Jonny Newton from the Community Security Trust and Danny Stone from the PCAA Foundation.
As part of the evidence gathering process for an all-party parliamentary report into the antisemitism which emanated from the escalation of the Middle East conflict over the summer of 2014, MPs travelled to Amsterdam.
APPG chair John Mann MP, led the fact-finding mission to meet politicians, Foreign Ministry representatives and journalists. Guto Bebb MP joined him.
John Mann MP and Matthew Offord MP visited Dublin as part of the all-party inquiry into antisemitism. Meetings were held with the Jewish community and social media companies Facebook and Twitter.
On 1 December 2014, Lord Alderdice led a debate in the House of Lords pertaining to Electoral Conduct. This relates to the report of the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Electoral Conduct, commissioned by the chair of the APPG Against Antisemitism, John Mann. Watch the debate from 19.49.30 here or read the text here.
On 10 December 2014, Rabbi Lord Sacks, the former Chief Rabbi briefed MPs and Peers on his current views and concerns about antisemitism in the UK. He emphasised the importance of non-Jews leading the fight and highlighted how the All-Party Group Against Antisemitism was a global model in that regard.
On Monday 9th February 2015, the report of the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism was launched at Lambeth palace.
Coverage of the report in the press is available on the News & Media pages.
Many MPs, Peers and other key stakeholders attended the launch event which was hosted by the Archbishop of Canterbury and chaired by John Mann MP. Speakers included Commons Speaker Rt Hon John Bercow, then Communities Minster Stephen Williams MP, then Shadow Home Secretary Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP and chair of the 1922 committee Graham Brady MP.
The report was further welcomed by the Prime minster, the Deputy Prime minister and the Leader of the Opposition.