During the past week, the Conservative MP for Southend West David Amess has received answers from the government to questions on anti-Semitism and higher education and on the governmentâ€™s plans to reduce anti-Semitism overseas.
Arguing that â€œthere is no place for racism of any form, including anti-Semitism, in higher educationâ€, the skills secretary David Willetts MP stated in responseÂ that universities have â€œprimary responsibilityâ€ for ensuring students are not subject to abusive behaviour on campus, adding that the government would expect them to vigorously tackle these issues.
He added that the previous government provided updated guidance to higher education institutions on â€œPromoting Good Campus Relations, Fostering Shared Values and Preventing Violent Extremism in Universities and Higher Education Collegesâ€, available here. He also stated that a meeting between the Jewish community and high education stakeholders is in the process of being arranged.
In response to David Amessâ€™s question on international anti-Semitism, foreign office minister Jeremy Browne said that combating all forms of racism remains an â€œimportant part of the governmentâ€™s human rights agendaâ€. He added that the government supports the All Party Parliamentary Group on anti-Semitism in its work tackling the issue across Europe.Â