Journal of the Labor Party Conference | Jewish News
Brent North MP Barry Gardiner was a surprise attendee at the Labor Friends of Israel conference reception on Tuesday night at the Brighton Hilton Hotel.
Gardiner made his support for Israel known in the pre-Jeremy Corbyn years. But more recently he has been friends with those on the left who are not known for their praise of the Jewish state.
And literally 30 minutes before attending the LFI party, Gardiner was seen attending a rally organized by the Socialist Campaign Group, held under a circus tent at The World Transformed festival.
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Gardiner was benefiting from SCG’s support for a parliamentary bill he circulated.
He also appeared to be present as MP Zarah Sultana led the chants of “Free and Free Palestine” among the small group of Corbynista fanatics.
Lisa Nandy gave another excellent speech at the LFI rally – exposing what she said was Labor’s commitment to stand firm in its support for Israel, while standing up for the Palestinians and a two-state solution. Also in attendance were Ghost Secretary of Defense John Healey, Ghost Communities Sec Steve Reed, Alison McGovern and Katherine West.
It was also interesting to see General Secretary David Evans and Ethics and Standards Advisor Jane Ramsey – two of Labor’s most effective operators in the fight against anti-Semitism – in the room at the LFI event.
In the early hours of Wednesday morning, Labor deputy leader Angela Rayner was seen leading the karaoke session, playing the lead voice alongside a band, in renditions of Oasis and Blur classics. But more serious and reassuring news has also emerged regarding Rayner’s performance at Labor National Executive Committee meetings. Sources who sat in the room alongside Rayner confirm that she has been ‘firm’ in supporting the EHRC’s rule change recommendations, unlike at least eight other NEC members associated with previous leader Jeremy. Corbyn.