Rote message is non-responsive to concerns raised and breaks party’s rules on discussion of suspensions
The Labour party’s parrot-like, non-responsive reply to resigning members gives away the political nature of the party hierarchy’s decision to suspend former leader Jeremy Corbyn.
The emails, with the same wording sent to many and probably all those resigning, regardless of the reasons given for the resignation, ignore concerns raised about process or the way in which the suspension was leaked to the media – Corbyn only learned of it from a press photographer and had not been spoken to by Keir Starmer even a week after the event.
They also contradict themselves, claiming they cannot comment on Corbyn’s case, but referring to Starmer’s commitment to ‘zero tolerance’ of antisemitism, even where those resigning made no reference to it – or stated correctly that his comment was in no way antisemitic.
And they hide behind the EHRC report, even though the EHRC report explicitly said that Corbyn (and other members) have a legally-protected right to say what he said about the level of antisemitism in the party:
Thank you for getting in touch. I am sorry that you would like to end your membership of the Labour Party, and I would like to thank you for all the support you have given previously.
In May 2019, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) launched an investigation into allegations of antisemitism in the Labour Party. This investigation has now been concluded and the EHRC published its report and recommendations on 29 October 2020, which can be found here:
https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/publication-download/investigation-antisemitism-labour-party. You can also find more information about the EHRC’s report on the Labour Party website here: https://labour.org.uk/ehrc-report/.
The Labour Party will be working constructively with the EHRC, the Jewish community and Labour Party stakeholders in the upcoming months to implement the EHRC’s recommendations made within this report.
The report’s conclusions are clear and stark. The EHRC has found that the Labour Party has breached the Equality Act in terms of unlawful harassment and indirect discrimination towards the Jewish community.
We are absolutely clear that the Labour Party accepts the report and its recommendations in full. It is up to all of us to change the Labour Party’s culture and make sure that we are once again, an open and welcoming place for people from all backgrounds and all communities.
Under Keir’s leadership, zero-tolerance of antisemitism will mean precisely that. There can be no more denials and no more excuses. We will repair the breach and we will restore trust. We know it will take time and hard work, but we will do it.
All Labour Party NEC codes of conduct can be found in the Labour Party Rule Book 2020 and here: https://labour.org.uk/members/my-welfare/my-rights-and-responsibilities/.
You have also referred to the decision taken by the Labour Party to suspend Jeremy Corbyn MP pending investigation. Whilst you will appreciate that the Labour Party cannot comment on any individual case, I hope you will agree that it is important for the Labour Party to investigate possible breaches of our rules, irrespective of the particular member’s status. An investigation will now follow in accordance with the Labour Party’s rules and procedures.
If you wish to make a complaint about an incident of antisemitism, or have been subject to anti-Semitic abuse yourself, please do not hesitate to report this using our online form at https://labour.org.uk/members/my-welfare/making-a-complaint/. All complaints are taken extremely seriously.
If you have been paying your membership by Direct Debit, please get in touch with your bank to ensure this payment has been cancelled.
I can confirm I have processed your request to leave the Labour Party. Thank you again for all that you have done as a member. I hope that I can welcome you back as a member once again in the future.
With best wishes,
The Labour Party
Sent by email from the Labour Party. Promoted by the Labour Party at Southside, 105 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QT.
Non-sequiturs, self-contradictions, hypocrisy and cowardice. It’s hard to imagine a clearer admission that Corbyn’s suspension was political and opportunist, short of printing it on a banner and hanging it outside Labour’s ‘Southside’ HQ.
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