EHRC report a ‘damning verdict’, says Board of Deputies of British Jews
The leaders of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Jewish Leadership Council and the Community Security Trust have described the report as a “damning verdict” on what Labour did to Jews under Jeremy Corbyn and his allies.
“It proves why British Jews were so distressed and it disgraces those who attacked us for speaking out against anti-Jewish racism,” the statement said.
“Our Jewish community never wanted this fight, but we had to defend ourselves and are proud to have done so. We thank all those who stood with us, despite the abuse they received as a result.
“Jeremy Corbyn will rightly be blamed for what he has done to Jews and Labour, but the truth is more disturbing, as he was little more than a figurehead for old and new anti-Jewish attitudes. All of this was enabled by those who deliberately turned a blind eye.
“Now, the task of cleaning out the problem lies with the current leadership. We welcome the start that Keir Starmer has made, but the scale of the challenge that lies ahead should not be underestimated.”
The bodies pledged to continue to give their support “to all who work to drive racism out of our politics and out of our society”.
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The EHRC is not expected to make direct recommendations that disciplinary action should be taken against high-profile individuals such as Corbyn. But sources close to the inquiry said an earlier draft report found evidence of indirect discrimination in the operation of the party’s processes, which would be a breach of equalities law.
However, there are understood to have been multiple challenges to the draft report and the EHRC’s final conclusions have been kept under wraps.
Starmer is likely to accept all of the report’s recommendations, though a legal challenge to the EHRC’s findings is planned by Jewish supporters of Corbyn if they disagree with its conclusions.
Equalities watchdog report awaited
Good morning and welcome to UK politics live, where we will be covering the publication of the report by the equalities watchdog into allegations of antisemitism in the Labour party, and the resulting reaction.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) report is set to recommend an independent complaints system when the findings of its long-awaited inquiry are published later this morning.
As well as opening another, the inquiry’s conclusion will close one painful chapter in Labour’s history under Jeremy Corbyn, when it was accused of institutional antisemitism and MPs resigned amid recriminations over toxic factionalism within the party HQ.
Both Corbyn and his successor, Keir Starmer, are expected to set out their reactions to the findings later today.
We will bring you full coverage of those events, and more. Here are some expected timings:
• 10am: The EHRC will publish its 100-plus-page report online, while lead investigator Alasdair Henderson will brief the media.
• 11am: Labour leader Keir Starmer holds a press conference via Zoom, which can be watched here. He has already said the party will accept all the recommendations of the report, which the shadow health secretary, Jon Ashworth, has called the most shameful moment in the party’s history.
• 11am: Jeremy Corbyn is expected to release a written statement.
• Midday: The Jewish Labour Movement, which became one of two key complainants to the EHRC, will hold a press conference.
The Guardian’s deputy political editor, Jessica Elgot, has put together an explainer in advance of the report’s publication.