Ex-staffers wait to sub­mit ‘huge email cache’ on hate

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY DANIEL SU­GAR­MAN

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’

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