Labour leader Keir Starmer has twice declined to deny, during an interview with Channel 4 News, that the party’s lawyers said it would win a libel case brought by ‘whistleblowers’ who attacked the party during last year’s widely-derided Panorama programme – or that he made a ‘political decision’ to pay out a figure reported to be around £600,000 rather than take the case to court.
Instead, Starmer hid behind the excuse that he wasn’t going to discuss legal advice – but if the answer was ‘no’, he had ample opportunity and reason to do so:
Starmer’s decision to roll over instead of fight emboldened Labour’s enemies to threaten and issue further legal action and, according to reports, risks bankrupting the party. His general secretary David Evans has also written to local parties banning them from expressing their own opinion on the climb-down.
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