Watchdog has evidence to launch Labour antisemitism probe, according to report
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Watchdog has evidence to launch Labour antisemitism probe, according to report

A source within the EHRC told The Sunday Times that the board is set to discuss the evidence at a meeting next month

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

Evidence of antisemitism in Labour received by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) meets the legal threshold for a statutory investigation, according to a report.

A source within the EHRC told The Sunday Times that “so far, a lot of the evidence we’ve received of antisemitism within Labour meets the legal threshold for a statutory investigation.”

“The investigation being considered by lawyers will very likely look at systematic unlawful acts of antisemitism by members of the party.”

The EHRC board is set to discuss the evidence at a meeting next month, according to the report.

But when contacted for comment, the watchdog said it has not yet reached a decision on whether to launch a formal human rights investigation.

A spokesperson also told Jewish News the EHRC has not yet set a timeline on the process and is still considering evidence.

The EHRC received a response from Labour over claims of antisemitism in the party earlier this month.

Labour was originally given two weeks to provide the EHRC with a satisfactory response, but the deadline was pushed back by another week.

If an investigation is opened, the commission could compel the party to reveal details of its handling of antisemitism cases, including through internal communications like emails and texts.

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