A quick summary of the Chakrabarti inquiry into racism and anti-Semitism

The full report is available online, here. I recommend it to those of you who enjoy digging out the full details; you can hold Labour to them later.

Recommendations made by the inquiry include:

  • Epithets such as “Paki” and “Zio”, abusive references to any particular person or group based on actual or perceived physical characteristics and racial or religious tropes and stereotypes, should have no place in Labour Party discourse.
  • Labour members should resist the use of Hitler, Nazi and Holocaust metaphors, distortions and comparisons in debates about Israel-Palestine in particular.
  • There should be procedural rule changes to improve the party’s disciplinary process and the adoption and publication of a complaints procedure.
  • The appointment of a General Counsel to the Labour Party to give advice on issues including disciplinary matters and to take responsibility for instructing external lawyers.
  • The party should increase the ethnic diversity of its staff.

Ms Shah, the MP for Bradford West, was suspended after social media posts emerged in which she suggested Israel should be moved to the United States.

Mr Livingstone was then suspended after claiming Hitler supported Zionism, as he tried to defend Ms Shah.

No update on these cases were given as Ms Chakrabarti said due process must be followed.

Source: Chakrabarti inquiry: Labour not overrun by anti-Semitism – BBC News


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3 thoughts on “A quick summary of the Chakrabarti inquiry into racism and anti-Semitism

  1. Neilth

    Ms Chakrabarti is absolutely right there should be no place for discriminating nation nor bigotry toward any more individual or group based on who they are. Anyone who I proved to have discriminated should be subject to a disciplinary procedure up to and including permanent expulsion if necessary and reporting and prosecution by law if appropriate.

  2. Dez

    Appreciate nothing like Chilcott-Slugs expensive efforts in how not to run (or crawl in his case) an inquiry however it is good to see an efficient and timely
    report can be produced if someone puts their mind to it. Just the quality, depth and integrity of the output to be commented upon in due course before the full “house marks” get awarded. .

  3. NMac

    Pity someone isn’t looking equally closely into the violent thuggish and very real racism which has been unleashed by Farage/Johnson, Gove and co – not to mention Cameron during the elections for Mayor of London.

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