Labour leader Keir Starmer and his deputy Angela Rayner have issued a joint statement on the leaked Labour report on the misdeeds of right-wing former HQ staff, promising an independent investigation:
We have seen a copy of an apparently internal report about the work of the Labour Party’s Governance and Legal Unit in relation to antisemitism. The content and the release of the report into the public domain raise a number of matters of serious concern.
We will therefore commission an urgent independent investigation into this matter. This investigation will be instructed to look at three areas. First, the background and circumstances in which the report was commissioned and the process involved. Second, the contents and wider culture and practices referred to in the report. Third, the circumstances in which the report was put into the public domain.
We have also asked for immediate sight of any legal advice the Labour Party has already received about the report.
In the meantime, we ask everyone concerned to refrain from drawing conclusions before the investigation is complete and we will be asking the General Secretary to put measures in place to protect the welfare of party members and party staff who are concerned or affected by this report.
The statement stops short of promising specific action on the findings of the investigation, in spite of widespread calls by members for those involved to be barred from the party for life.
The independent investigator has not yet been named.
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