Whistleblower accuses party of being ‘riddled with anti-black racism’ and treating anti-Black racism as unimportant, The Voice reveals
A former Labour staffer-turned-whistleblower has accused Labour of excluding Black stakeholders in order to dilute its code of conduct on anti-Black racism into meaninglessness and says that the party is busy purging Black critics, an article in The Voice has revealed.
Halima Khan, who worked for the party’s disciplinary unit and who testified in Al Jazeera‘s recent, explosive ‘Labour Files’ documentary, says that the party allocated the lowest priority to the creation of its code of conduct on anti-Black racism and,
also actively tried to minimise as many external number of people of colour and black women working on the document.
So many processes were subverted. The party went against the EHRC [Equality and Human Rights Commission] recommendations. The black stakeholders only saw the version that was already watered down by Keir’s people.
Keir Starmer has ‘form’ for this kind of exclusion of people of colour from party processes. Shortly after he conned his way into the party leadership, Starmer formed a ‘diversity panel’ – one that consisted only of white staffers and excluded Labour’s most senior ethnic minority staff member.
The Voice, the UK’s only Black national newspaper, also exposes the party’s refusal to fund training on anti-Black racism, the fact that Keir Starmer has not even filled the post of race equality spokesperson on his front bench since Black MP Taiwo Owatemi quit two months ago – and its assumption that Black voters have ‘nowhere else to go’ so it can prioritise what it thinks will win over white voters.
The article comes after Starmer’s regime has excluded Black candidates and has been accused of a ‘hierarchy of racism’ even by its own ‘Forde report’ – commissioned by Starmer from Black barrister Martin Forde – and the Islamophobia and anti-Black and anti-Gypsy racism of the Labour right continues to run rampant. Starmer has also been accused of covering up criminal and sadistic abuse of vulnerable Muslim women fleeing domestic violence and Labour has been told by an official ‘domestic violence advocate’ that it is perpetrating a continuation of domestic abuse against Poplar and Limehouse MP Apsana Begum.
Read the full, detailed exposé, including comments from the UK’s first Black woman MP Diane Abbott and other parliamentary colleagues, here.
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