Commission findings are ‘a damning indictment of Labour’

Commission findings are ‘a damning indictment of Labour’

Friday, March 8, 2019

The chair of the Campaign Against Anti-semitism has said that the Labour party is “unlawfully discriminated against people because of their ethnicity and religious beliefs”, was a “damning indictment”.

The CAA was one of the organisations to complain about Labour's handling of anti-semitism within the party, along with the Jewish Labour Movement. 

The Equality and Human Rights Commission found that Labour had “unlawfully discriminated” after reviewing complaints over the party’s handling of anti-semitism.

The Commission threatened a formal investigation if the party did not take action over these allegations of anti-semitism.



Gideon Falter told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “It is a damming indictment of Labour. Labour was the anti-racism party who actually set up the Equality and Human Rights Commission just over a decade ago.”

He added that since Jeremy Corbyn had become leader of the party, Labour had become “institutionally racist”.

"Under the leadership for Jeremy Corbyn it has become so institutionally racist that it now finds itself under the investigating eye of the exact body that it set up to protect people minorities like Jews from institutional racism," he said. 

Deputy leader Tom Watson said he was "deeply saddened that the EHRC feels there is sufficient evidence to investigate Labour for breaches of discrimination law".

He said he would contact general secretary Jennie Formby to ask for all relevant files and data to be retained "so that investigators can form a clear picture of the processes and culture around Labour's response to anti-Semitism within our ranks".