Deputy leader hammered over Labour’s failures on anti-black – and anti-Palestinian – racism after posting mural painted in tribute to football star and social hero
Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner has been faced criticism after tweeting a picture of a mural painted by Manchester street artist Akse P19 to honour football star – and hero of millions of hungry children and their families – Marcus Rashford, after Rashford and other black England players were disgracefully abused following England’s narrow defeat in Sunday’s European football final.
Rayner posted her tweet this morning but left-leaning Twitter users quickly pointed out that the Labour party has still not published the Forde report on a Labour report leaked last year that accused right-wing former party staff of a catalogue of misdeeds that included anti-black racism, as well as of working against then-leader Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign to win the 2017 general election:
The withholding of the Forde report featured prominently among critical comments, alongside Labour’s failure to discipline its own representatives’ anti-Palestinian and Islamophobic racism:
Barely two weeks ago, Labour was being hammered for dog-whistle racism against Muslims in desperation to shift blame for their expected defeat in the Batley and Spen by-election. Party sources briefed the press that Labour would lose because local Muslim voters liked antisemitism and were punishing Keir Starmer for his supposed actions against it. Labour eventually scraped through after a smear campaign against rival candidate George Galloway, alongside the helpfully-timed implosion of former Health Secretary Matt Hancock. Islamophobia in the party and the Starmer leadership’s failure to act was also condemned late last year in a report by the Labour Muslim Network.
The leaked Labour report alleged abuse and racism toward MPs, party staff and members by a group of right-wing former HQ staffers. Despite its failure to publish the Forde report, Labour has quietly readmitted a number of the staffers accused by the original leaked document. One former staffer implicated in the report – not for racism – has since been appointed to Keir Starmer’s senior team.
The Labour Black Socialists group is still on ‘campaign strike’ in protest at unpunished anti-black racism among the Labour right.
Marcus Rashford became a social hero last year when he forced the Tories to u-turn on a plan to withhold free school meals from millions of poor children during lockdown. Labour failed to oppose the Tory plan, then attempted to claim credit for the u-turn.
Angela Rayner was asked for comment on the response and the party’s failure to publish the Forde report, but did not respond by the publication deadline.
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