‘Deep sixing’ of report on right-wing Labour staffers’ misconduct continues – and inquiry team emails are bouncing
In 2020, just after Keir Starmer conned his way into the Labour leadership, an internal party report on the actions of right-wing Labour staffers during Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership was leaked into the public domain, revealing racism, electoral sabotage. misappropriation of funds and other misconduct.
Starmer promised a report on the revelations, leading to the creation of the Forde Inquiry under Martin Forde QC – although the party in reality spent more effort and resources trying to identify who had leaked the original document – and the inquiry was supposed to publish its findings in the summer of 2020.
Two years later it has still not been published, after numerous delays and broken promises by the leadership of new dates for it to be made public – and despite the inquiry team saying at the beginning of this year that it was ‘largely completed’ and a promise to Labour’s national executive that they would receive it in January.
During the interminable delays, the purpose of the report has reportedly also morphed – neutered from an investigation of the actions of Labour staffers into an examination of the ‘circumstances’ of its leaking and an analysis of party culture. And now, with the report still unpublished, the inquiry appears to have given up even responding to enquiries about the schedule for the publication of its report.
Skwawkbox emailed the Forde Inquiry, via the address published on its website, ten days ago to ask for an update on publication – and at least one email address associated with the inquiry address, presumably as an ‘auto-forward’, immediately bounced:
Despite repeated chasers for a response, as of the time of writing none had been received.
It appears the grass into which the party has kicked the report has grown very long indeed – and Starmer seems to think that enough time has passed now that, like Boris Johnson and his ‘partygate’ scandal, we’ll all just forget about it and move on. That must not happen.
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