Faith in Labour’s complaints process is at rock bottom. It’s essential the EHRC make all necessary inquiries. We desperately need a culture of zero tolerance towards antisemitism in the Labour Party https://t.co/uCcE8LtI9D
— Margaret Hodge (@margarethodge) March 7, 2019
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The Equalities and Human Rights Commission said it was considering launching a formal investigation into anti-Semitism in the party.
The Labour Party said: “We completely reject any suggestion the party has acted unlawfully and will be co-operating fully with the EHRC.”
The watchdog is asking the party to work with it to improve its processes.
Once the EHRC’s formal letter is received by Labour, the party will have 14 days to respond to the concerns raised.
The Jewish Labour Movement said it made a submission to the EHRC in November last year, asking it to investigate the allegation that the Labour Party was “institutionally anti-Semitic”.
“We did not take that decision lightly,” it said in a statement.
“After years of anti-Jewish racism experienced by our members, and a long pattern of denial, obfuscation and inaction by those with the power and ability to do something about it, we felt there was little choice but to secure a fully independent inquiry, not encumbered by corrupted internal practices.
“Everything that has happened in the months since our referral supports our view that the Labour Party is now institutionally anti-Semitic.”
Labour has been plagued by accusations of anti-Semitism since mid-2016.
The party leadership has been accused of tolerating a culture of anti-Jewish prejudice by a number of its own MPs, some of whom have quit the party in protest.
Leader Jeremy Corbyn insists he is getting to grips with the issue and has beefed-up the party’s internal disciplinary procedures.
Last week, Labour MP Chris Williamson was suspended after saying the party had been “too apologetic” and “given too much ground” to its critics.