Labour publishes inquiry terms of reference

But names of 3 member panel still withheld


Opposition Labour Party Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer attends the second day of the Labour Party Conference in Brighton on September 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Labour has published the terms of reference for the independent investigation into the leaked antisemitism report ordered by Sir Keir Starmer – but has yet to name the three members of the panel appointed by the party to carry out the probe.
The document, which was approved by the party’s National Executive Committee at an emergency meeting last week, confirmed the investigation would seek to establish the truth of the main allegations in the report along with how and why it was compiled, and then also leaked.
The investigation will  also look into the relationship between then leader Jeremy Corbyn and Labour staff.
Labour refused to comment on speculation that former General Secretary Larry Whitty and Lord Dubs were amongst those approached to join the yet to be announced panel for the investigation.
The Labour leader ordered the investigation as the 860 page report, entitled 'The Work of the Labour Party’s Governance and Legal Unit In Relation To Antisemitism, 2014-2019' was leaked earlier this month.
The report confirmed widespread instances of antisemitism from members in the party but was leaked online without any redactions, meaning the names of those who had reported anti-Jewish racism to the party were widely circulated online.
At least 30 individuals have vowed to take legal action against the party, alleging data protection breaches and defamation through selective and incorrect reporting of complaints.
The Labour leader has said the investigation into the leaked report is a "matter of urgency" and has called for the panel to report back with their findings by July 15th.
BAME Labour members have also said the report illustrates that MPs such as Diane Abbott and Dawn Butler were subjected to racist taunts from party officials.
The terms of reference state the probe will looked into the "extent of racist, sexist and other discriminatory culture" with the Labour Party.

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