Responses to leaked Labour report shows the party – and unions – must kick out the racists

Why are elements in the Labour Party, along with unions like the GMB and Unison, trying to protect people in their ranks who have been shown committing vile acts of racism?

Not only is this behaviour highlighted in the leaked Labour report on how factions in the party’s staff dragged their heels over complaints of anti-Semitism in order to discredit the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn…

… but it seems miscreants in the party are now trying to protect the apparent racists – and attacking right-thinking people.

So ITV News is reporting that Labour staff members tried to stop the party’s Unite branch from sending letters of solidarity to Diane Abbott, Dawn Butler and Clive Lewis – the MPs named in the report as victims of racism and racial profiling.

A meeting by videoconference supported a motion that said the report had “highlighted damning examples of casual workplace racism at the most senior levels of the party” and “illustrates how the racism faced by Black, Asian and minority ethnic members were ignored.” It also called for letters of solidarity to be sent.

The report continues:

During the meeting, some Labour Party staffers objected to this and an amendment was tabled to stop the letters of solidarity being sent out.

One Labour staffer, who is mentioned in the report in reference to these allegations, argued against it happening and said that it served as “an implication of guilt”.

Who are these people? What are their names? Why are they supporting racist abuse? When will they be suspended while their own conduct is investigated?

Perhaps more shocking is the motion put before the GMB’s Labour staff branch that general secretary Jennie Formby should “apologise personally” to staff named in the report (apologies for the source of this; we know Pogrund has published false information about This Writer but in this case it seems his facts are sound):

Why should Jennie Formby apologise to these apparent racists?

Or perhaps we’re seeing elements in Labour who believe the named people should be given the benefit of the doubt.

If so, are these the same people who were happy to demand the persecution and expulsion of left-wing party members, based only on inaccurate press reports (such as Pogrund’s, about me)?

Such people are obviously not acting in good faith and their memberships of their various organisations should have been suspended already.

Also ripe for suspension is Dave Prentis, right-wing general secretary of UNISON, who has said the jobs of two of the principle actors named in the Labour report are safe – in spite of outrage among the union’s members and executive committee.

According to Skwawkbox, “On Tuesday, hundreds of Unison members – including more than twenty elected members of the union’s National Executive Committee – demanded action from general secretary Dave Prentis after two senior Unison officials were accused in the leaked Labour report that detailed sabotage of Labour’s disciplinary processes and electoral effects.

“In an open letter, the members demanded a full investigation and firm action against any staff found to have undermined Labour as described in the report, “to retain the confidence of our members, who look to the Labour Party to deliver the political change they need“.

“Prentis’s action appears to be a promise of protection to Emilie Oldknow and John Stolliday.

“According to Murdoch hack Gabriel Pogrund [him again], seemingly at a loose end now that Jeremy Corbyn is no longer leader of the Labour Party, Prentis has told the pair not to worry about their positions because he will back them.”

Time for a “no confidence” vote, perhaps?

Source: Group of Labour staffers try to block support for BAME MPs named in leaked report as racism and racial profiling victim – ITV News

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  1. Jeffrey Davies April 16, 2020 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    Because they are Blair’s supporters if it was a left one of the party the door wouldn’t open fast enough to eject them it was a tool to rid themselves of true labour people.

  2. Foggy April 16, 2020 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    Not 1 suspension even though it is their for all to see; racist & mental health hate speech.

    Has anyone reported them to the police ?

    Where is David Lammys voice on this ?


  3. Cardinal Sin April 16, 2020 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    ” but it seems miscreants in the party are now trying to protect the apparent racists – and attacking right-thinking people.”

    And which miscreant was it who was the first to step in and protect the apparent racists by saying that their jobs would be protected?

    Read between the lines, people. The reason why somebody would protect somebody else in such a situation is most likely because some of the effluent would blow back at them from a disgruntled employee. Nobody sticks their neck out like that unless there is a genuine fear of kickbacks.

  4. SteveH April 16, 2020 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    Some people have no sense of shame. They somehow manage to completely miss the point by abdicating all responsibility for their own actions and instead plead victimhood complaining that the creation of the report put them at risk.

    Labour Party staff in the union GMB have backed a motion saying they have no confidence in general secretary Jennie Formby after a controversial leaked report on anti-Semitism named staff and Jewish complainants.

    The report – commissioned by Formby – concluded that “factional” opposition to Jeremy Corbyn among party workers worsened Labour’s failure to deal with anti-Semitism complaints and contributed to its election defeat in 2017.

    The motion reads: “Staff can no longer be confident that the general secretary has the safety and welfare of staff as her top priority, and [she] has allowed the mental and physical wellbeing of staff to be put at risk with the creation and leaking of this report.”

  5. xpressanny April 17, 2020 at 10:32 am - Reply

    Utterly disgusted. Even tho Len McCluskey condemns the racism and evilness in this reports he is asking us all to get behind Starmer as he will do the right thing!!! Just so alarmed at the way they are all distancing themselves and covering their backsides in this sordid affair. Utterly disgraceful. Just imagine if these people were antisemitic and then what would have happened? Their would be no inquiry into the inquiry, there would have immediate suspension. Starmer and the rest show utter incompetence – deliberate or otherwise – and show that they are all, in fact, racists. I despair.

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