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Labour handed draft Equality and Human Rights Commission report into anti-semitism

Labour handed draft Equality and Human Rights Commission report into anti-semitism

The EHRC has handed its draft report to Labour (Credit: PA)

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The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has handed over its draft report into anti-semitism within Labour to the party.

A short statement on Monday confirmed Labour had received a dossier, which will now be considered, before a full judgement expected later this year.

A party spokesperson said: “The Equality and Human Rights Commission has provided the Labour Party with a draft of its report into allegations of antisemitism. 

 “The draft report has been shared with the Labour Party as part of a process afforded to us prior to the report’s publication. It is sent in confidence by the EHRC, so until that process is completed, it would be inappropriate to comment on any of the contents of the draft report - and we will not do so.”

The investigation began last year under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, but his successor Sir Keir Starmer has indicated he will act on any recommendations made.

Sir Keir pledged to stamp out anti-Semitism within the party when he took over in April, after Jewish groups raised concerns incidents of racism were not being properly dealt with.

Last month the Labour leader sacked his shadow education secretary, Rebecca Long-Bailey, after she shared an article which contained an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.

Labour became the first party to be subject to a full statutory investigation by the EHRC since the 2006 Equality Act became law.

The party statement added: “Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner are committed to tackling anti-semitism within the Labour Party. Anti-semitism has been a stain on the Labour Party in recent years. It has caused unacceptable and unimaginable levels of grief and distress for many in the Jewish community, as well as members of staff.

“Tackling antisemitism within the Labour Party is a priority and we are determined to take the further action necessary to begin restoring trust with the Jewish community.

“We are committed to cooperating fully with the Commission’s investigation and implementing its recommendations when the final report is published. We will be making no further comment.”

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