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Leaked anti-Semitism report uncovers in-fighting in the Labour Party

17 April 2020

PA

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, pictured last December, has previously criticised the Labour Party over its handling of anti-Semitism allegations (News, 29 November 2019)

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, pictured last December, has previously criticised the Labour Party over its handling of anti-Semitism allegations (News, 29 November 2019)

AN 860-PAGE dossier concerning anti-Semitism in the Labour Party might never reach the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

The internal report, seen by Sky News, uncovers in-fighting in the party, which compromised in­­vesti­gations into incidents of anti-Semitism. The report results from a review of the more than 300 com­plaints alleging anti-Semitism re­­ceived be­­tween November 2016 and Feb­ruary 2018. It states that in­­ves­tiga­tions were initiated into only 34.

There was a failure to develop “detailed or coherent guidelines for investigating complaints based on social media conduct”, the report says, and a failure to “implement the Macpherson principle of log­ging and investigating com­plaints of racism as racism. . .

“At least half” the complaints war­­ranted action, the report states, “many of them in relation to very extreme forms of antisemitism, but were ignored.”

The Head of Disputes, Sam Matthews, is criticised in the report for inaction. But, in a statement to Sky News, he, in turn, criticised “an effort by a disgruntled faction who are floundering in their at­­tempts to blame others in order to distract from matters that will be in­­vest­igated by the EHRC and the courts. “I hope Keir Starmer will stand by his commitment to undo the damage that they and their sup­porters have caused.”

Mr Matthews said that he had done his “level best to tackle the poison of anti-Jewish racism which was growing under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership” (News, 9 April).

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