Abuse in­quiry al­le­ga­tions

The Week Middle East - - News -

Ques­tions con­tin­ued to swirl around the trou­bled sex abuse in­quiry this week, fol­low­ing rev­e­la­tions that its for­mer chair, Dame Low­ell God­dard, had been ac­cused of be­ing ag­gres­sive and racist. God­dard quit her post on 4 Au­gust. At the time, the Home Sec­re­tary, Am­ber Rudd, said that as far as she knew, the New Zealan­der had re­signed – with a large sev­er­ance pack­age – be­cause she was lonely. But it seems that Home Of­fi­cials of­fi­cials had by then heard re­ports that God­dard, the in­quiry’s third chair, had, among other things, linked Asian men with sex abuse – claims that she de­nies. The new chair, Alexis Jay, says she plans to scale back its re­mit, with a view to com­plet­ing its work by 2020.

Anti-Semitism in Labour

MPs have ac­cused Jeremy Cor­byn of fail­ing to tackle anti-Semitism in his party. The Home Af­fairs Se­lect Com­mit­tee said Cor­byn had helped cre­ate a “safe space” for “vile” opin­ions. It also ac­cused Shami Chakrabarti – who cleared Labour of an­ti­Semitism in an in­de­pen­dent re­port – of not be­ing clear enough about the tim­ing of her ap­point­ment as a Labour peer. Cor­byn hit back, say­ing the MPs had put “dis­pro­por­tion­ate” em­pha­sis on a prob­lem in the Labour Party.

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