- Hate crimes are a matter for police and investigation is welcome and those found guilty should face the consequences
- 45 cases handed over by LBC – ‘some’ are being investigated
- Offences relate to online activity – Met has not confirmed Labour members involved
- Met Police Commissioner: “we will not be investigating the Labour Party
Sky News, the BBC and other media outlets have begun reporting that the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) is investigating hate crimes ‘within the Labour Party’. As so often, this is a misrepresentation – a fact confirmed by none other than the Met Commissioner herself.
Cressida Dick appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme to talk, among other things, about the issue – and she was emphatic that the investigation is not and will not be into the Labour Party:
Commissioner Dick was handed a ‘dossier’ by radio station LBC after an interview with the station some weeks ago, which was said to contain forty-five examples of online hate-speech, allegedly by Labour members. Of these, only a subset have been found worthy of further investigation – and the Met is not confirming that these involve Labour members.
A Met spokesperson told the SKWAWKBOX:
On Tuesday 4 September, the Met Commissioner was handed a folder of paperwork following a radio interview with LBC Radio in Leicester Square. The complainant alleged that the documentation included evidence of anti-Semitic hate crimes.
The contents have been examined by specialist officers.
A criminal investigation has commenced into some of the allegations within the documentation.
Early investigative advice is being sought from the Crown Prosecution Service.
The MPS will not comment further on the details of our investigation.
Ms Dick also told Radio 4 that hate speech laws set a ‘high bar’ and that merely being offensive was not enough to trigger prosecution.
In spite of the Commissioner’s clear statement regarding the Labour Party, a BBC announcer just minutes later stated that the Met is investigating the party.
If the content of some of the online messages posts is what some have been reporting, it is vile and the police should throw the book at the people involved. But as Cressida Dick made clear, the MPS is investigating a number of individuals who may or may not be Labour members – not the Labour Party.
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