Diane Abbott has been criticised for assembly an anti-LGBT training activist who joined ‘homophobic’ protests outdoors a college in Birmingham.
The Shadow Home Secretary posed for a picture with Shraga Stern and different ‘community leaders’ after assembly them to ‘discuss local matters’ in her north London constituency.
Mr Stern has been described as a ‘divisive’ Charedi activist who campaigned to exclude non secular faculties from having to show LGBT points as a part of the federal government’s relationships and intercourse training coverage.
It provoked outrage within the Jewish neighborhood and Mr Stern was instructed to cease campaigning by senior rabbis in Stamford Hill – which is house to the most important Hasidic neighborhood in Europe, and varieties a part of Ms Abbott’s protected Labour seat of Hackney North and Stoke Newington.
Jewish Labour campaigners mentioned Ms Abbott’s choice to brazenly meet Mr Stern will ‘alienate many in the LGBT community’ and LGBT Jews.
After the assembly final night time, Ms Abbott shared the picture, tweeting: ‘Pleased to meet with Hackney deputy mayor Antoinette Bramble and community leaders to discuss local matters.’
But she was quickly slammed for calling Mr Stern a ‘community leader’.
One person wrote: ‘If he is a community leader, you are a Rabbi!’
National organiser for the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) Rebecca Filer requested: ‘Why is Diane Abbott brazenly assembly with Shraga Stern who’s been main a homophobic marketing campaign in opposition to Relationships and Sex Education in faculties?’
A JLM spokesperson instructed Metro.co.uk: ‘Shraga Stern may be one of Diane Abbott’s constituents, nevertheless Stern has been a divisive campaigner in opposition to LGBT+ inclusive intercourse and relationships training.
‘Meeting with Stern openly will serve to alienate many in the LGBT+ community, especially LGBT+ Jews.’
Jeremy Corbyn was additionally criticised earlier this 12 months when he was seen assembly Mr Stern in Westminster.
He was known as out by former Labour MP Margaret Hodge who took a image of the assembly in Portcullis House.
Ms Hodge tweeted: ‘Having lunch & wondering why Corbyn wants to be seen talking to an anti-LGBT activist who doesn’t characterize the mainstream Jewish neighborhood but chooses to sideline teams like @JewishLabour.’
At the time, Mr Stern instructed the Jewish Chronicle that he is ‘not a homophobe’ and his marketing campaign was ‘nothing to do with LGBT teaching’, however about persevering with the ‘Charedi tradition’ of oldsters educating intercourse training at house.
However, in a video filmed outdoors Parkfield School in March, Mr Stern talked in regards to the ‘problem of indoctrination and sexualising kids’ and the way ‘LGBT lobbies’ have entered the training system.
He mentioned: ‘We parents must stand up for our rights. We must fight for our freedom of religion and freedom to educate the children the way we were educated.’