Report all the more damning for being balanced and measured report
A report by the Labour Muslim Network (LMN) has exposed the hideous extent of Islamophobia in the party – and it is clear the problem is generated by the right of the party.
While Jeremy Corbyn was hugely popular among Muslim communities, the report shows that Muslim members have little faith in Keir Starmer to set things right, with well over half saying they don’t trust him to tackle the issue:
That distrust may well be driven by the fact some on the Labour right who were most prominent in attacking Jeremy Corbyn as a supposed ‘friend of Islamic terrorists’ were also responsible for some of the worst expressions of Islamophobia, yet acted with impunity.
This inverse relationship is also seen in the fact that many Muslim members don’t believe the party takes Islamophobia seriously:
The conclusion is also supported by the recent finding of the EHRC report that the party’s focus on antisemitism, driven by media pressure, worked against the wellbeing of other minorities.
The report also indicates that, far from showing any improvement, the problem is growing – no doubt driven by increasing attempts to demonise supporters of Palestine:
And the report accuses Labour HQ staff of ignoring or dragging their heels on complaints of Islamophobia, in a chilling echo of the leaked Labour report that showed right-wing staff deliberately ignoring or sabotaging antisemitism complaints to provide fuel for media smears against the leadership.
The report, an example of balance and measured criticism which unsurprisingly has received scant media attention compared to accusations against the left, concludes with seven recommendations with which it is hard to take issue:
But the requirement to submit policies to equality assessment and to adopt the APPG definition of islamophobia is going to pose severe problems for a party determined to protect right-wingers and maintain its recent decisions, which the SKWAWKBOX will look at in detail shortly.
Read the LMN report in full below:
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