Leaked report ‘invalidates’ Jeremy Corbyn criticism, says activist

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

A leaked report into the Labour Party’s handling of antisemitism has “invalidated” some of the criticisms against Jeremy Corbyn, according to Labour activist Christian Wolmar.

The former Labour leader’s tenure was plagued with accusations of antisemitism within the party and an alleged failure to deal with it.

However, an internal report, not meant for publication, has claimed to have found “no evidence” of antisemitism allegations being handled differently from other complaints, or of current or former staff being “motivated by antisemitic intent”.

The 860-page document also concluded that “factional opposition” in the upper echelons of the party towards Mr Corbyn contributed to “a litany of mistakes” that hindered the effective handling of the issue.

Mr Wolmar told talkRADIO’s Mike Graham that the “shocking” report showed there was an attempt within Labour to “sabotage” the party’s election campaign.

“This does invalidate some of the criticisms of Jeremy Corbyn because it does show that from inside the party his efforts and sometimes his efforts of trying to unify it were actually being undermined by a key group of staffers in Labour Party HQ,” he said.

However, on the other side of the debate, Mr Corbyn’s allies have been accused of using the report to “smear whistleblowers” in a bid to “discredit allegations” of antisemitism in the Labour Party under his leadership.

New party leader Sir Keir Starmer has launched an inquiry into the report and how it came to be in the public domain.

In a joint statement with deputy leader Angela Rayner, Sir Keir said: “The content and the release of the report into the public domain raise a number of matters of serious concern.

“We will therefore commission an urgent independent investigation into this matter.”

They asked people to “refrain from drawing conclusions” before the new investigation is complete.

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