Labour's six key objectives for antisemitism inquiry revealed


The Labour Party’s inquiry into antisemitism will aim to set out principles on how to recognise and deal with Jew-hatred among its members, according to a document believed to set out the official terms of reference.

The document, which was seen by the JC ahead of the inquiry’s official launch on Monday, outlines six key objectives.

The inquiry will: “Consult widely with the Jewish community, other minority representatives and Labour Party members to investigate allegations of antisemitism and racism within the Party."

It will seek to “establish guidance about the boundaries of acceptable behaviour and language” and “develop clear and transparent compliance procedures for dealing with allegations of antisemitism and racism”.

Under chairperson Shami Chakrabarti, former director of human rights campaign group Liberty, it will “scope out the need for training programmes for parliamentary candidates, MPs, councillors and others to ensure all representatives understand the code of conduct as well as how to respond to allegations of racism”.

In addition it will “make recommendations for changes to the code of conduct and party rules if required” and “recommend other actions to ensure that the Labour party is a welcoming environment for members of all communities”.

The independent inquiry was set up after a series of suspensions from the party over claims of antisemitism, culminating last month in the suspension of Ken Livingstone, a National Executive Committee member and adviser to party leader Jeremy Corbyn, for suggesting that Hitler supported Zionism.

According to the terms of reference, Ms Chakrabarti will aim to present her findings by the end of June.

It is unclear whether the document will be the final version of the terms adopted on Monday.

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