Party’s ‘unreserved’ withdrawal of ‘bad faith’ comments means Starmer’s inquiry into revelations of leaked report is meaningless, according to senior elected representatives
Some of the most senior elected officials within the Labour Party’s governance structures say that the party’s ‘grovelling’ apology this morning to ‘whistleblowers’ who feature in the infamous leaked internal report is so fatally compromised as to be meaningless.
Labour has made an ‘unreserved’ apology for suggesting that ‘whistleblowers’ involved in last year’s widely-criticised Panorama programme were not reliable:
We unreservedly withdraw all allegations of bad faith, malice and lying. We would like to apologise unreservedly for the distress, embarrassment and hurt caused by their publication.
The apology comes after the party’s lawyers said they were confident of winning the case brought against them, but Keir Starmer was determined to issue the apology – and agree a settlement said to be in six figures with the former staff.
Members of Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) directly elected by Labour members are furious about the decision to offer what one described as a ‘grovelling’ apology and say that Starmer’s ‘Forde Inquiry’ investigation – into the leaked Labour report accusing some former senior staff of undermining the party’s antisemitism complaints process as well as its electoral efforts – is now meaningless.
One told the SKWAWKBOX:
This has cost the party a six-figure sum in a case our lawyers said we’d win – and how can anyone think the Forde Inquiry isn’t fatally compromised when we’ve ‘unreservedly’ withdrawn any suggestion of wrongdoing against some of the people mentioned in the report it’s supposed to be investigating?
Another agreed and added that at least one of the union representatives on the NEC had fought against the move:
This grovelling apology is a disgrace when we’re still supposed to be investigating the revelations of the [leaked] report.
Howard (Unite’s Howard Beckett) argued forcefully against it [during yesterday’s NEC discussion], but Keir was determined to ignore everyone regardless.
The investigation is meaningless now, how can it be anything else?
Former party leader Jeremy Corbyn and Unite general secretary Len McCluskey seem to agree:
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