Former senior Southside staffer now working on NEC’s boundary-change team
As Skwawkbox has previously revealed, despite the Forde report still not being released – more than a year late – on the ‘Labour Leaks’ document that accused former senior staff of abuse, diversion of campaign funds and sabotage of election campaigns, Keir Starmer has started to welcome back into the fold some of the report’s prominent figures.
Not only have some been restored to membership, in what many have taken as an expression of contempt for the whole Forde inquiry – some have even been re-employed, with at least one working for Starmer himself.
And Skwawkbox understands that yet another of the figures featuring regularly in the original leaked report is back – working for the party on its response to the Tories’ planned boundary changes, probably as a contracted-in consultant.
Here are a few of the former senior staffer’s appearances in the leaked report:
- attacking ‘trots’
- describing Diane Abbott – Labour’s first black woman MP and at the time Shadow Home Secretary – as ‘repulsive’
- sending a video of then-party leader Jeremy Corbyn as Hitler to a colleague
- discussed blaming Corbyn for defeat as an upside of losing the EU referendum
- called Corbyn a ‘lying little toerag’
None of these issues or the other appearances in the leaked Labour report have been a bar, in the eyes of Keir Starmer and David Evans, to a place back in Labour HQ – despite the party’s now well-known financial crisis.
The Labour party does not comment on staffing matters.
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