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Labour appoints top legal adviser to oversee implementation of EHRC findings

Jane Ramsey will oversee the party's plans to create an independent complaints process, after the equality watchdog's report found evidence of 'political interference'

Jack Mendel is the Online Editor at the Jewish News.

Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer appearing on the BBC1 current affairs programme, The Andrew Marr Show. (PA Media/Jeff Overs/BBC)
Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer appearing on the BBC1 current affairs programme, The Andrew Marr Show. (PA Media/Jeff Overs/BBC)

Labour has appointed a top legal adviser to oversee the implementation of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s recommendations to tackle antisemitism.

Jane Ramsey has been named as the Senior Advisor on Standards and Ethics, a move which has been welcomed by leader Keir Starmer.

This comes after the EHRC found evidence of “unlawful acts harassment and discrimination” as well as “political interference” in cases of antisemitism within the party. Among recommendations made by the EHRC, was the implementation of an independent complaints process for claims of racism, antisemitism, bullying and harassment.

Following the release of its much-anticipated report, Starmer said Labour “accepts this report in full and without qualification” and it will “implement all the recommendation in full.”

Ramsey , who served as a member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, will lead on establishing an independent process to investigate complaints. Labour will provide its action plan to the EHRC by 10 December.

Jane Ramsey

After training as a barrister, she became a legal adviser to local authorities, and led an inquiry into intimidation in public life which was laid before Parliament in 2017

Welcoming the appointment, Keir Starmer MP, Leader of the Labour Party said: “I am delighted that Jane is leading our party’s implementation of the EHRC’s recommendations. Jane brings a wealth of experience to this role. I have every confidence she will ensure the party’s new, independent complaints process is put in place as a matter of urgency.

“Since I was elected Labour leader, I have made it my mission to root out antisemitism from our party. I remain utterly determined to restore trust with the Jewish community and make the Labour Party a safe place for Jewish people.”

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