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Starmer perverts findings of #EHRC report on #Labourantisemitism in his initial response

Keir Starmer: his response to the EHRC report on Labour anti-Semitism is a betrayal of party members and former party members who were falsely accused.

Keir Starmer: what a piece of work!

Responding to the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s report that found Labour was not guilty of “institutional anti-Semitism” – and to Jeremy Corbyn’s reaction to it, Starmer said that anybody who claimed complaints of anti-Semitism against Labour were “exaggerated” has “no place in the party”.

But the fact that complaints were exaggerated is recorded in the EHRC report.

It shows that the party was unfair to the respondent – the person complained about – in 42 of the 70 cases that it investigated.

This indicates that the extent of anti-Semitism in Labour was inflated by people making false accusations – and that Labour Party officers helped perpetuate this myth.

This Writer was among those who bore the brunt of this discrimination. I was expelled from the party under false pretences and had to go to court to point this out. The verdict in my case against the party for breach of contract will be announced on November 24.

In the meantime, I await an announcement of action against those party officers who used the complaints process to attack innocent members.

I fear I may be waiting for a long time.

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EHRC anti-Semitism report: Corbyn responds

Jeremy Corbyn is clearly not an enemy of the Jewish people.

An obstructive Labour Party bureaucracy under right-wingers who opposed Jeremy Corbyn worked to stop him improving the process for handling complaints of anti-Semitism, the former party leader has said in a statement.

Mr Corbyn’s words are corroborated by the new Equality and Human Rights Commission report, which states that “despite … clear recommendations, the Labour Party did not take action to implement these changes until 2018” – after Jenny Formby had replaced Iain McNicol as general secretary, and with a ruling National Executive Committee dominated by supporters of Mr Corbyn after then-recent elections.

Mr Corbyn said, in a statement on Facebook [boldings mine]:

“As Leader of the Labour Party I was always determined to eliminate all forms of racism and root out the cancer of antisemitism. I have campaigned in support of Jewish people and communities my entire life and I will continue to do so.

“The EHRC’s report shows that when I became Labour leader in 2015, the Party’s processes for handling complaints were not fit for purpose. Reform was then stalled by an obstructive party bureaucracy. But from 2018, Jennie Formby and a new NEC that supported my leadership made substantial improvements, making it much easier and swifter to remove antisemites. My team acted to speed up, not hinder the process.

“Anyone claiming there is no antisemitism in the Labour Party is wrong. Of course there is, as there is throughout society, and sometimes it is voiced by people who think of themselves as on the left.

“Jewish members of our party and the wider community were right to expect us to deal with it, and I regret that it took longer to deliver that change than it should.

“One antisemite is one too many, but the scale of the problem was also dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents inside and outside the party, as well as by much of the media. That combination hurt Jewish people and must never be repeated.

“My sincere hope is that relations with Jewish communities can be rebuilt and those fears overcome. While I do not accept all of its findings, I trust its recommendations will be swiftly implemented to help move on from this period.”

The claim that the scale of the problem was exaggerated has been picked up by the media – I’m hearing it on the BBC as I type this – and it will be interesting to see the accusers squirm as they try to justify their behaviour.

The EHRC investigated 70 complaints of anti-Semitism and found the Labour Party responsible for unlawful harassment against Jewish people in only two.

That’s too many – but it was not enough to justify claims of “institutional” anti-Semitism, so the report has concluded that those claims were false.

I note that none of the people and organisations who made such claims have accepted that finding.

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Slanted: are we being given the right impression of EHRC report?

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published its report into allegations of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party and the headline is that it found evidence of unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination for which the Labour Party is responsible.

But in what way?

The headline is that the EHRC did not find that Labour is or was “institutionally” anti-Semitic – but I notice that this is not being reported.

I’ve just downloaded a copy and it refers to ” a culture within the Party which, at best, did not do enough to prevent antisemitism and, at worst, could be seen to accept it”.

The report lays blame for this with a leadership that it says didn’t do enough to implement recommendations for improvements – but we have seen evidence (most clearly in the so-called #LabourLeaks report) that right-wing factionalists deliberately dragged their feet in order to embarrass Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, so are we really going to get any clarity here?

This Writer is particularly interested in what the report says about the anti-Semitism complaints process – having been through that process myself. It states: “The antisemitism complaints process is an area of particular concern, especially given the focus on this in previous investigations into antisemitism.

“Over four years on from these investigations, we expected to see clear, publicly accessible and comprehensive policy documents to guide the complaints process, but the evidence showed that these did not exist.”

This rings true with me. But I am not willing to say it was the responsibility of then-party leader Jeremy Corbyn. It lay with a particular unit in the party, under the direction of the party’s general secretary. Under Iain (now Lord McNicol), the process was (deliberately?) confused. The EHRC report states that ” there have been some recent improvements in how the Labour Party deals with antisemitism complaints” – and I expect to see information that this happened under his replacement Jennie Formby, who was a friend and supporter of Mr Corbyn.

“We found evidence of a significant number of complaints relating to antisemitism that were not investigated at all; this is especially true for complaints about social media activity where the Labour Party previously adopted a policy of not investigating mere ‘likes’ or reposts.” This would have been a policy adopted by the Disputes team.

“Where matters were investigated, the guidance on appropriate sanctions was unclear and inconsistent.” How odd that the EHRC mentions this before referring to the process by which innocence or guilt was established. Did the Equalities watchdog assume that everybody accused must be guilty too?

“We found evidence of political interference in the handling of antisemitism complaints throughout the period of the investigation. We have concluded that this practice of political interference was unlawful. The evidence shows that staff from the Leader of the Opposition’s Office (LOTO) were able to influence decisions on complaints, especially decisions on whether to suspend someone. Sometimes these decisions were made because of likely press interest rather than any clear formal criteria.” I am convinced that my suspension took place in order to generate press interest – but I’m not convinced that Jeremy Corbyn’s office demanded it.

More to follow.

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