‘Mainstream’ media is misrepresenting status of EHRC discussions with Labour Party
The ‘mainstream’ media are reporting that the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is investigating the Labour Party in relation to complaints about how the party handles antisemitism complaints.
Sadly, the level of accuracy in the claims is all too typical of the skewed way in which the ‘MSM’ approach any issues related to the Labour Party or its leadership.
An EHRC spokesperson confirmed to the SKWAWKBOX today that there is presently no investigation. Rather, the Commission is simply treating complaints from two organisations – the Campaign against Antisemitism (CAA) and the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) with due seriousness and has opened a conversation with the Labour Party to find out the party’s version of events and response to criticism.
If the EHCR is dissatisfied with Labour’s responses, an investigation may be opened – but none has been opened yet.
The EHCR would not comment on specifics, saying that the terms of reference of an investigation will be made public if an investigation is started – but the spokesperson made clear that at this stage the evidence amounts to the claims and submissions of the two organisations in question.
The media claims are therefore inaccurate – in essence, the EHCR is doing its job and taking complaints seriously until they have been properly assessed. If they are found to be accurate, an investigation may follow.
The scrutiny – though not the false headlines – should be welcomed by Labour members and supporters. The processes put in place since general secretary Jennie Formby took up the position last year are far ahead of those used by any other political party and Labour has no need to fear an examination of them.
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