Inquiry should have reported in July 2020 but QC commissioned by Starmer says it’s only ‘largely completed’, despite repeated promises by party that it would be released
The interminable wait for the findings of the Forde Inquiry continues – the investigation originally commissioned by Keir Starmer immediately after his regime began, supposedly to look into both the allegations of a leaked Labour report on the conduct of the Labour right and, inexcusably, to hunt down those who leaked it.
The inquiry’s report was supposed to be released in July 2020, but has been delayed again and again amid accusations of political interference and cover-up, while it has been watered down and will now reportedly barely touch on the conduct of the Labour right and instead focus on the nebulous ‘culture’ of the party – an outcome that Starmer no doubt intended from the very beginning.
The latest false promise of the report’s release was that it would be presented to Labour’s national executive (NEC) tomorrow, but this has now again been pulled – but Forde’s message to the NEC reveals that, almost two years from its inception and fully eighteen months late, it is not even completed.
Forde has written to the party to say it is ‘largely completed’ – and to deny, surprise, that there has been any political interference (well, apart from changing the purpose and scope, of course):
Forde now says he hopes – it’s not even a promise – to ‘deliver’ the report in February. Not ‘publish’, merely ‘deliver’ it to the party – which is no doubt busy looking for the biggest and boggiest patch of long grass it can find.
NEC member Gemma Bolton wonders whether this means the report has been rewritten, as the NEC had been told it was complete and the last delay was because of the Information Commissioner:
we were previously told that the only delay was the outcome of an ICO investigation relating to data breaches from the leaking of the report. So is the report now being rewritten? Are parts being removed?
The crimes perpetrated against party members working under Corbyn for change and a country desperately in need of it look likely to remain without even ‘official’ confirmation, let alone the reckoning members and ex-members are entitled to expect.
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