MPs confronted by truth about Murphy and claims of EHRC investigation and complaint handling
Since news broke that Jeremy Corbyn has asked his chief of staff Karie Murphy to accept a peerage in recognition of her efforts on his and members’ behalf, Corbyn’s decision and Murphy personally have been the subject of numerous attacks that have claimed it is inappropriate to offer a peerage to a Labour staffer ‘being investigated’ by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) over antisemitism.
Murphy’s attackers have also claimed that she influenced the handling of complaints of antisemitism against Labour members.
But today Labour’s general secretary Jennie Formby has written to the ‘parliamentary committee’ of backbench Labour MPs setting the record straight:
Formby’s letter starts by addressing plans for analysis of the general election result and the issue of outstanding complaints, before going on to put right a smear against the party and Formby herself about the treatment of staff who want to work on a candidate’s leadership campaign – which is better than it has been on other occasions.
But it then directly addresses the ‘potentially libellous’ misreporting of the Murphy situation:
Speculation relating to Karie Murphy
Whilst I would not normally comment on any individual staffing matters as these are confidential, it is important to respond to the significant amount of misreporting, some of it potentially libellous, and comments by/questions from some MPs:
KM has not been given a new role; she has been an Executive Director for several years and for most of that time has had responsibilities that spread across the organisation. She has been working full time in Southside since October, including on delivering the operational aspects of the election strategy.
Following a review of responsibilities of senior management she now has overall responsibility for member mobilisation but has no role whatsoever in membership services, which is managed in Newcastle. Suggestions that she will oversee membership vetting are completely untrue.
The EHRC is not investigating KM for antisemitism. KM has never had operational responsibility for the Governance and Legal team and her only involvement has been to provide additional resources to support staff at a time of very low staffing levels.
The Labour Party
A Labour insider told the SKWAWKBOX:
Karie Murphy is not named in the EHRC investigation except in the case of some questions. She has had no interaction with any staff in compliance managing complaints of antisemitism and she has not presided over any sackings.
The attacks have been a disgrace.
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