Former senior staff in leaked Labour report claim ‘pube head’, glee at Diane Abbott crying in a toilet and other comments were ‘used out of context’
Former staff accused in a leaked Labour Party report of abusive comments toward other staff, racism, obstructing disciplinary processes to facilitate media attacks – among other things – and even of sabotaging Labour’s electoral campaigns are trying to sue the party for breach of confidentiality.
They also claim that their WhatsApp conversations were used out of context to incriminate them – a defence remarkably similar to the one that Keir Starmer just abandoned in order to pay ‘whistleblowers’ a huge amount of money in a case Labour’s lawyers said the party was likely to win.
Last year, when Labour accused the BBC of selectively editing quotes of emails used in the programme to mislead viewers, the party published the full emails so members of the public could see for themselves what had really been said and why the context was key.
So if those attempting to sue the party believe the context of:
- comments such as ‘pube head’, discussions of bra-less female employees and women’s weight and glee at Labour’s first black woman MP allegedly crying in a toilet
- the diversion of party campaign funds to an ‘Ergon House’ account to use for their own priorities
- comments expressing horror at Labour’s strong performance in the 2017 general election
- actions to block and derail investigations into antisemitism and other racism
would show that those comments and actions were innocent and entirely in keeping with the positions they held and the substantial salaries they received for filling them, then the solution is simple:
Publish their conversations in full, so everyone can see for themselves.
This idea has also occurred to a number of Labour MPs:
Instead, rather than encourage the openness that they claim would exonerate them, the former ‘Southside’ staffers are trying to force the abandonment of an investigation into contents and context of the leaked report.
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