The Labour Party’s leaked report must not be buried

Friday, 8th May 2020

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Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer

• LABOUR Party members nationwide have expressed betrayal and outrage at allegations in the leaked report into the party’s handling of anti-Semitism.

I am among 110 Islington North Labour members who wrote to Sir Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner, expressing our dismay at their indecisive action thus far.

If proven, the allegations expose a culture of racism, misogyny, ableism, and bullying among Labour staff, a campaign to unseat the party leader, our own MP Jeremy Corbyn, and both foot-dragging and incompetence in investigating anti-Semitism, which mainstream media unjustly attributed to Corbyn himself.

Staffers even allegedly undermined a possible Labour victory in 2017, showing contempt for party members and voters.

Yet the leadership was silent, before announcing an investigation in language that focused on the leak.

The appointment of anti-Corbyn members to its panel has shattered confidence in the process.

BAME party members feel particularly insulted by the lack of suspensions, pending investigation, of individuals accused of such appalling racism.

Alongside fellow members, I refuse to bury the report.

It should be publicised in redacted form and, subject to Labour national executive committee investigation, submitted to the Equality and Human Rights Commission. We must set the record straight.

Longer term, the report underlines lessons for members professing interest in both social justice and winning elections.

It implies that in 2017, there was a strong appetite for Corbyn’s political vision: an anti-austerity programme of investment in public services, an ethos of social solidarity among citizens and immigrants alike, and foreign policy priorities of peacemaking and environmentalism.

Whether at home amid Covid-19, or abroad in wars fuelled by UK arms sales, this could have saved thousands of lives.

This demonstrates the imperative of building on the 2017/2019 Labour manifestos, which were dismissed as “radical” by those who stood to lose from their implementation.

The leadership should reflect on these conclusions.

BAME Officer, St George’s ward Labour Party

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