‘Let Labour members see leaked report’
Party leader Sir Keir Starmer faces pressure over ‘antisemitism’ document
08 May, 2020 — By Sam Ferguson
Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer
MORE than 100 members of the Islington North Constituency Labour Party have written to leader Keir Starmer to express dismay at the “culture of racism, misogyny, ableism, and bullying” exposed in a leaked Labour report on anti-semitism.
The 860-page internal party report, titled “The Work of the Labour Party’s Governance and Legal Unit in Relation to Antisemitism, 2014-19”, concludes that former leader Jeremy Corbyn’s attempts to tackle anti-Semitism were hampered by factional hostility.
The letter, addressed to the Labour leader and his deputy Angela Rayner, points to the report’s allegations of a “concerted campaign to undermine and unseat” Jeremy Corbyn, and an atmosphere of “profound resentment and hostility” towards the former leader and his supporters, particularly those of BAME background.
“Most astonishingly of all,” the letter continues. “They expose the efforts of senior Labour staffers to undermine the chances of a Labour victory in June 2017, and the contempt in which they held the thousands of party members who strove for this, and the millions who voted for this – not least ourselves in Islington North.”
The authors of the letter demand that the leaked report be made available to all Labour members, and that if proven true the report be submitted as part of the party’s EHRC investigation into anti-Semitism.
The authors also ask Mr Starmer to suspend all individuals identified as having carried out wrongdoing by the report, and start disciplinary proceedings against them.
They also call for a wider enquiry by the party’s national executive committee, and ask the Labour leader to draw lessons from the “reality and lost potential” exposed by the report.
In a joint statement responding to the report, Mr Starmer and Ms Rayner said: “We have also asked for immediate sight of any legal advice the Labour Party has already received about the report.
“In the meantime, we ask everyone concerned to refrain from drawing conclusions before the investigation is complete and we will be asking the general secretary to put measures in place to protect the welfare of party members and party staff who are concerned or affected by this report.”