Email now bouncing as inquiry goes incommunicado, but Twitter history raises concerns
A key official involved in the ‘Forde Inquiry’ – the supposed investigation into a leaked Labour report revealing electoral sabotage, misappropriation of funds, racism and more on the part of right-wing Labour staffers – ‘liked’ anti-Corbyn tweets, Skwawkbox can reveal.
As this site reported yesterday, the inquiry is no longer responding to media requests about the disclosure date of its many-times delayed report – which was originally supposed to be published almost two years ago and was most recently promised to members of Labour’s national executive in January of this year.
But one of the addresses linked as an ‘auto-forward’ from the official inquiry email address is no longer functioning and sent a ‘bounce’ message back to Skwawkbox’s address – and that ‘bounce’ made it possible to track down the Twitter history of its holder, which has raised concerns for anyone still hoping for a meaningful outcome from the inquiry’.
The account in question contains not a single tweet relating to the 2017 or 2019 general election campaigns – a sign of political caution or else possibly of a ‘laundering’ of Twitter history. But two ‘likes’ on the account’s history reflect an anti-Corbyn inclination on the part of the holder. One of the liked tweets is by an anti-Corbyn journalist on Keir Starmer’s election as Labour leader, commenting (laughably) that the ‘grown-ups’ are finally in charge of the party.
The other, more worryingly still, is from right-wing then-BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg quoting Iain McNicol – Labour’s former general secretary and one of the people incriminated in the leaked report – about his ‘thankfulness’ that the [Corbyn] ‘chapter is now closed’:
McNicol was forced to relinquish his role as Labour whip in the House of Lords pending the outcome of the Forde report. However, he remains a member.
The Forde-linked account also ‘liked’ two other tweets that current and former Labour members may find of concern – one praising right-winger Yvette Cooper and another joking about then-UKIP leader Paul Nuttall winning the Stoke Central by-election:
The Stoke Central by-election came at a crucial time in Corbyn’s leadership, arriving at the same time as the Copeland by-election. As Corbyn’s ‘chicken coup’ critics continued to agitate for his removal, their friends in the media were promoting the idea that a defeat in both elections would mean the end of his leadership – despite the fact that the party machine, still dominated by the right, had put forward two drab right-wingers as candidates.
At the time, the leaked Labour report Forde is meant to be investigating showed that right-wing staff were hoping to lose. However, in part thanks to exclusive revelations in Skwawkbox about Nuttall’s record, Labour won in Stoke Central.
The same Twitter account has also liked and shared tweets by Keir Starmer’s deputy chief of staff and is a frequent fan of former Blair spin doctor Alastair Campbell.
The Forde Inquiry continues to fail to respond to requests for information about the report’s publication.
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