Dame Louise Ellman has been honoured for her “decades-long commitment to fighting antisemitism”.
The former Labour politician was recognised by the Simon Wiesenthal Center with a Medal of Valor, alongside Amal and George Clooney, who received the 2020 Humanitarian award.
One of four female Jewish MPs who were vocal in opposition to Jeremy Corbyn’s handling of antisemitism, alongside Ruth Smeeth, Luciana Berger and Dame Margaret Hodge, she stood down and quit the party at the last election, citing the party’s problems with the scourge.
Speaking during the virtual event on 28 October, the former Liverpool Riverside politician said she was “honoured to receive this award”.
Reflecting on the way Labour had been “hijacked” by left-wing antisemitism, Ellman said: “It has been shocking to see how an anti-racist party, has been unable to recognise racism against Jewish people. Even worse than that, antisemitism became normalised.”
“We had to speak up, find out voice and fight back. The British people rejected the Labour Party”.
She told Jewish News: “The EHRC’s damning indictment of the Labour Party shows how important it is to challenge anti-Jewish racism wherever it is found”
You can watch her acceptance speech here [41:48].