Organisations should root out anti-Semitism without hesitation, says MP

MP for Finchley & Golders Green, Mike Freer, raised his concerns about the increase in incidents of anti-Semitism in a session of Prime Minister’s Questions today.

Mr Freer said:

‘I am sure the Prime Minister is as appalled as I am that incidents of anti-Semitism are on the rise. Does my Right Honourable Friend agree with me that all organisations, public and private, should root out anti-Semitism without hesitation?’

In response to the North London MP’s question, David Cameron said that he agreed anti-Semitism should be stamped out, describing it as a cancer in our societies. He said the onus was on all of us, regardless of the organisations we may be responsible for, to make sure that happened.

David Cameron said in reply:

 ‘I completely agree with my RHF, anti-Semitism is an absolute cancer in our societies and we should know that when it grows it’s the signal of many even worse things happening to ethnic groups and different groups all over our country. There is sadly a growth of anti-Semitism in our country and we see it in terms of attacks on Jewish people and Jewish students and it absolutely has to be stamped out. We should all – all of us – whatever organisation we are responsible for make sure that happens. And I have to say, we do see a growth in segregation, and indeed anti-Semitism, in part of the Labour Party.’