Ex-staffers wait to submit ‘huge email cache’ on hate
FORMER LABOUR staffers who left their jobs because of Jeremy Corbyn’s takeover of the party have reportedly prepared a cache of over 100,000 emails showing how his team helped shield Jew-haters, with one saying that “the protection of antisemites was on a scale and at a level the public does not begin to understand”.
According to Private Eye magazine, the emails will include “tens of thousands” of examples of how the party ignored complaints that its supporters were promoting antisemitism, as well as sworn affidavits describing the attempts to protect those accused of Jew-hate who were seen as loyal to Mr Corbyn.
It was announced in March that the Equality and Human Rights Commission [EHRC] had begun pre-enforcement proceedings against Labour over its failure to take proper action against antisemitism among its members.
The EHRC is due to meet after the European elections to decide whether to make its investigation statutory. The Sunday Times reported last month that insiders at the organisation said the evidence they had already received “meets the legal threshold for a statutory investigation.”
As the Eye reports, any statutory investigation will override the nondisclosure agreement signed by former Labour HQ staffers, leaving them free to reveal the information they gathered prior to departing from their jobs.
One former Labour staffer told the magazine that “everyone is going to speak out”, saying that they had saved the evidence before leaving both because they were disgusted by the racism and in case the party attempted to threaten them in future.
Senior supporters of Mr Corbyn have repeatedly tried to suggest that the party’s inaction on antisemitism was down to staffers hired before the Corbyn era, and that since a Corbyn ally, Jennie Formby, became the party’s general secretary last year, things had begun to improve.
The emails and messages collected by the ex-Labour staffers reportedly expose that claim as untrue, allegedly showing successful efforts by Mr Corbyn’s chief of staff, Karie Murphy, to prevent the Labour leader’s supporters from being expelled from the party over their comments.
There are ‘tens of thousands of emails’