Chakrabarti, independence and anti-semitism: "easy to check", says MP Vaz

Labour MP and chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee Keith Vaz has told talkRADIO that there is a simple solution to accusations of a conflict of interest in Jeremy Corbyn's nomination for a peerage for Shami Chakrabarti

Chakrabarti: questions have been raised about the independence of her inquiry

Monday, August 8, 2016

Labour MP and chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee Keith Vaz has told talkRADIO that there is a simple solution to accusations of a conflict of interest in Jeremy Corbyn's nomination for a peerage for Shami Chakrabarti. 

Prominent human rights' activist Chakrabarti was earlier this year named as the chair of an independent inquiry into anti-semitism in the Labour party, after the party suspended MP Naz Shah and former London mayor Ken Livingstone.

Her subsequent report found that Labour was not beset by institutional anti-semitism, or other forms of racism, but that there was an "occasionally toxic atmosphere".

Critics have subsequently claimed that Chakrabati's nomination for a peerage raises concerns about the inquiry's independence. 

"The only issue for the select committee is whether or not the peerage was offered before, during, or after the independent inquiry was being conducted," Vaz, the MP for Leicester East, told Paul Ross.

"You can't have a Labour peer, or someone who expects to be one, heading the inquiry.

"It's very easy to check this.

"I think we need to be clear on this, because it would certainly question the independence of the inquiry."

Listen to the full interview above

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