Anti-black racism and Islamophobia in the Labour Party, raised by Martin Forde KC in his report to that organisation last summer, has been ignored by party leaders including Keir Starmer.
Starmer has not contacted Forde since he published his report confirming that anti-Semitism and other racism had been a battleground between left- and right-wing factionalists within Labour. It seems this was not what the party leader wanted to hear.
Fortunately for him, very few mainstream media journalists had been interestest either:
So busy people were able to get outside Corbyn’s house frequently.
— James Foster (@JamesEFoster) March 17, 2023
Yes – odd, that. Mainstream hacks had been able to doorstep Jeremy Corbyn at the drop of a hat, but Starmer seems uncontactable.
Worse, Starmer seems to have ignored concerns raised by black and minority ethnic figures within his own Parliamentary party:
All the above BAME Labour MPs have expressed concern about Starmer's lack of action re. the Islamophobia and anti-black racism exposed in Martin Forde's report.
And no-one in the MSM appears to give a shit.
— Frank Owen's Legendary Paintbrush🥀🇵🇸🇾🇪 (@OwenPaintbrush) March 18, 2023
Here’s some evidence to back up the assertion:
Dawn Butler says Keir Starmer has "sidelined the racism in all levels of the Party structure" revealed by the Forde report.
Why is it that when a black Labour MP raises racism it's barely a blip on the political dial?
Why doesn't Starmer have to answer for this? https://t.co/bPxDb7zcwB pic.twitter.com/nrYOCUHoL0
— Alex Nunns (@alexnunns) July 26, 2022
It’s concerning to hear Martin Forde say that the Labour Party has failed to engage with his report.
If all forms of racism are to be taken seriously in our party, his report’s recommendations must be implemented in full #FordeReport
— Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP (@BellRibeiroAddy) March 17, 2023
Martin Forde KC's report into Labour concluded the party "ignores" some "forms of racism".
He's now spoken of concerns about how the party treats "anti-black racism & Islamophobia".
As someone who faces Islamophobia, it's distressing to see these findings themselves be ignored.
— Zarah Sultana MP (@zarahsultana) March 17, 2023
I have been saying this for months I am politically homeless. Labour Files, Forde Report, Apsana Begum who has suffered misogyny, abuse and harassment. What has happened to Labour? (And if you are going to call me a Tory enabler don’t bother) https://t.co/oQTJn5VNiu
— Kwaku (@AkanKwaku) November 22, 2022
Exclusive: Labour MP Kate Osamor warns that the party is at risk of creating a "hostile environment" for BAME members if it fails to address the issues identified in the Forde report and urges the leadership not to dismiss the concerns of members: https://t.co/UOmSzgCx6f
— LabourList (@LabourList) July 27, 2022
Strange how anti-Semitism against pro-Israel Zionists can be such a vital issue for Starmer, but racism against non-Zionist left-wing Jews, black people and Muslims gets a free pass.
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