String of Labour breaches continues, with EHRC report not even a month old
The Labour Party has continued its streak of breaking Keir Starmer’s commitment to implement in full the EHRC report on antisemitism.
Following on from Starmer’s political interference in the outcome of Jeremy Corbyn’s suspension hearing – banned by the report, his endless commentary on the suspension – breaching the report’s requirement for proper treatment of those affected by disciplinary measures, and his flouting of party rules when he withdrew the whip after Corbyn was unanimously reinstated by a right-dominated panel of National Executive Committee (NEC) members, the EHRC report has been breached yet again by Labour’s conduct toward its former leader.
A letter from the Labour ‘chief whip’ – yet again leaked by the Labour right to the press – to Corbyn demands that he make an ‘unambiguous and unreserved’ apology for his entirely factual comment that the scale of antisemitism had been exaggerated by the media and Labour’s opponents for political purposes – and that he delete his Facebook post echoing the same comment:
But the EHRC report – which, remember, Keir Starmer has promised to implement in full – says this about Corbyn’s legally-protected right, under human rights laws, to make exactly the kind of comment he made:
Corbyn’s ‘own experience’ was without question that antisemitism was grossly exaggerated by the media and by his and the party’s opponents – and he was entirely accurate in pointing out that the scale of antisemitism complaints (not even upheld complaints) against members was a tiny 0.3%, not the 34% the media led the public to believe.
And Brown’s letter adds ignorance and hypocrisy to the breach of one of the report’s key findings – because Corbyn’s statement that the party wants him to delete (note that it was a request only) also underlined Corbyn’s support for implementing the EHRC recommendations.
Recommendations that Starmer and the party have been flouting and breaking since they were published, including in the failure to rebuke Starmer for his political interference as ordered by 14 members of the NEC out of their obligation to protect the party from legal consequences of such breaches.
SKWAWKBOX editor Steve Walker made a formal antisemitism complaint against Starmer in June, but the party has not responded or provided updates on the complaint – yet another breach of the EHRC report. And Keir Starmer must now be at risk of further complaints for multiple breaches of a report he has committed himself and the party to implementing fully, while the report in its public form is not even a month old.
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