Today saw the EHRC publish their report relating to their investigation into antisemitism in the Labour Party.
The report is hard to read; It is a shameful episode in the Party’s history that we have been found to have breached equalities law in responding to anti-Semitism and we have failed the Jewish community in the past five years.
The findings of the report are clear, the Party has accepted the report in full, and there is no room for equivocation about its findings.
Keir Starmer has been clear we need a culture change in the Labour Party to become a welcoming place for the Jewish community again, and he has offered the Party’s full apology to those we have let down. I am pleased that Keir has also committed the Party to put in place an independent complaints process as soon as possible – a step I have been calling for consistently in the past few years. No Leader or Deputy Leader, or their staff, should have influence over the disciplinary process of the Party and I look forward to this commitment being realised.
I know there is much to do to rebuild trust with the Jewish community, and I will do all that I can to demonstrate the Labour Party is taking this seriously and is committed to changing our culture.
Catherine West MP