First up a letter from Jasmin Beckett (Labour NEC Youth Rep)
Over the past 24 hours, I have received dozens of emails from young members, about your attendance at the ‘Stand Up To Racism’ event. As you were made aware before you attended, this event was largely organised by senior members of the SWP, an organisation with a well-documented record of covering up rape.
Prior to this event various organisations credited you with having withdrawn from the event after being told about the involvement of the SWP. It was therefore surprising that you did in fact attend and give a keynote speech at this event.
Young women in the party are concerned by your attendance and endorsement of this group, many including myself who are told by such groups our experiences of violence and sexism is not as bad as we say.
Having been asked by a range of women’s groups to withdraw from this event, I am disappointed that you chose to ignore their request and attend alongside senior SWP figures.
The young members who have contacted me have a range of questions and concerns they wished me to pass on, I have condensed these into three which I would be very grateful if you could answer at the earliest opportunity:
- As someone who is well aware of the SWP’s record of covering up rape, why did you think it appropriate to attend their event?
- Why did you reassure those women’s groups that you would not attend, only to go back on your word and give a keynote speech at the event?
- Can you commit to not sharing a platform with the SWP at any point in the future?
I look forward to your response.
NEC Youth Rep
Here's a detailed reminder of what actually happened. It's not pleasant reading: