Two years late and after what Corbyn supporters fear have been redactions and reductions, NEC members finally set to see report on investigation – but Starmer moved the goalposts long ago
Labour’s national executive is today to receive the Forde report on the sabotage, racism and misappropriation of funds by right-wing party staffers during Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership – two years after it was first promised.
Current and former members of the party disgusted at the conduct exposed by a leaked report on the conduct of the staffers have long feared that the delays have covered amendments and redactions that would excuse what was revealed in WhatsApp messages and emails – and the first indications are that it ‘both-sides’ the events, recognising the appalling attitudes revealed but claiming that party saboteurs and abusers suffered an injustice as well and that there was:
little evidence of mutual respect and a great deal of evidence of factionalism, so deep-rooted that the party has found itself dysfunctional…
deplorably factional and insensitive, and at times discriminatory, attitudes…
However, we do also accept that the messages’ authors were not given a right of reply before their messages were included in the leaked report; that was a clear breach of natural justice.
Keir Starmer’s party has already changed Labour’s rules to deprive members of the expectation of natural justice in some of its disciplinary processes, so left-wingers will have little sympathy. Starmer also changed the terms of reference of the report, forcing Forde to include the leaking of the report in his investigation and conclusion.
And the report appears to try to turn the clear sabotage revealed by the leaked internal report into criticism of the left as well as the right, attacking what it calls:
a culture of intellectual smugness which exists at the extremes of the political spectrum the party represents.
Skwawkbox will bring further details as they become available.
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