The JRC have been made aware that the Morecambe Fringe are planning on showing "Oh Jeremy Corbyn; The Big Lie". This is a film promoting conspiracy theories about an imagined orchestrated campaign to target Jeremy Corbyn. It has the potential to promote a dangerous narrative that could actively damage cohesion between communities.
MARC LEVY - CHIEF EXECUTIVE - JEWISH REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL OF GREATER MANCHESTER & REGION
"I strongly urge the Morecambe Fringe to follow the Glastonbury Festival and several other venues who have taken the decision to cancel The Big Lie.
The film is grossly offensive and has the potential to incite racism towards British Jews by blaming them for Jeremy Corbyn's defeat. These are dangerous conspiracy theories that will inevitably lead to hostility towards Jewish people across the region.
We hope that the organisers listen to our concerns as they would any other minority community."
DAVID MORRIS MP - MORECAMBE & LUNESDALE
"I am extremely disappointed that the Morecambe Fringe Festival is giving a platform to antisemitic racism.
This film and the supporters of Jeremy Corbyn continue to peddle the myth that antisemitism in the Labour Party was invented, that is untrue. The Equality and Human Rights Commission found that the Labour Party committed unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination against Jewish members.
It is wholly wrong to promote a film which publicises voices who have been suspended and discredited for their racist views and gives them a platform to promote invented conspiracy theories that do nothing but to seek to indoctrinate individuals against Jewish communal organisations.
This is not what Morecambe is we are a tolerant and welcoming community and racism has no place in our society. I would urge the organisers to reconsider showing this abhorrent film which has no place in Morecambe and urge them to speak to members of our Jewish community to better understand the hurt that perpetuating the myths included in this film has caused."