Ipso upholds complaint against the JC from Kal Ross


An article headlined “Riverside Labour branch secretary defies leadership with letter supporting 'emergency meeting' on Corbyn and EHRC report”, published on November 2, 2020, claimed that Kal Ross, Secretary of the St Michael's branch of Liverpool Riverside Labour Party, had defied the party's leadership by calling for an emergency meeting to discuss the publication of the EHRC report.  

It justified this claim by including a quote from Labour General Secretary David Evans, who it stated had said that discussion of the EHRC report was "not competent business" for party meetings. However, this did not reflect in full the comments made by David Evans, which were that “any motions or discussions that seek to question the competence of the EHRC to conduct the investigation in any way, or repudiate or reject the report or any of its recommendations, are not competent business and must be ruled out of order”.  

There was no suggestion that the meeting proposed by Kal Ross sought to question the competence of the EHRC, criticise the report’s findings, or otherwise “defy” Labour Party guidance. This correction has been published following an upheld ruling by the Independent Press Standards Organisation. 

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