Corbyn criticised for ‘deeply inappropriate’ nomination of ex-aide for peerage
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Corbyn criticised for ‘deeply inappropriate’ nomination of ex-aide for peerage

Jewish Labour Movement berates party's outgoing leader for putting forward Karie Murphy for a move to the Lords

Jeremy Corbyn and Karie Murphy outside the Labour Party HQ in Westminster, London. (Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)
Jeremy Corbyn and Karie Murphy outside the Labour Party HQ in Westminster, London. (Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

Controversy has been sparked by reports that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is nominating his former chief of staff Karie Murphy for a peerage.

The outgoing leader is putting Ms Murphy forward for a place in the House of Lords, along with other nominees, such as former Commons speaker John Bercow, according to the Sunday Times.

Labour deputy leadership candidate Rosena Allin-Khan expressed concern about Ms Murphy being nominated for a peerage given the current inquiry into alleged instances of antisemitism in the Labour Party by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

The Jewish Labour Movement tweeted a statement saying Ms Murphy’s nomination was “deeply inappropriate and must be rescinded immediately”.

“Jeremy Corbyn is using his final weeks in office to reward failure,” the group added.

Asked about the reported nomination, Ms Allin-Khan told Sky News: “She is currently being investigated by the EHRC and I made clear yesterday that as deputy leader I would take on board every single recommendation from the EHRC regarding allegations of antisemitism.

“Hope Not Hate said that anyone who was being investigated by the EHRC shouldn’t be recommended for a peerage, so I do think that does need to be taken seriously.”

Senior Labour sources have declined to comment on reports about the nomination.

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