MPs from different wings of party combine in dismay at ‘indefinite’ delay in release of report. NEC members say excuse for delay is ‘bollocks’
Nine black MPs have signed an open letter expressing their dismay at the ‘indefinitely’ delayed release of the Forde Inquiry report ion the accusations in the internal Labour report leaked last year – and demanding that the party release the report quickly.
The MPs represent a spectrum of Labour politics, yet have united to make this demand of the party and its leader Keir Starmer, telling him that any continued delay will both harm members’ confidence in the report’s conclusions and reinforce yet further the appearance that the party is not serious about anti-Black racism – and that he must take into account the wishes of BAME members in reconsidering the decision:
Meanwhile, NEC members have told SKWAWKBOX that in their view there is no justification for the delay and that the excuse that releasing it might compromise an Information Commissioner’s Office investigation into the leaking of the report, which has no bearing on releasing the findings about the conduct of staff, is ‘bollocks’.
The Forde report was originally meant to be released last summer, but has been repeatedly delayed amid accusations that Starmer is trying to ‘kick it into the long grass’.
Despite commissioning the Forde report himself, Keir Starmer has repeatedly poured contempt on it – reinstating staff accused in the leaked report to party membership and paying a huge sum to ‘whistleblowers’ to settle a case the party’s lawyers expected to win.
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