Monday, August 8, 2016

UK: Claims of antisemitism in Labour "whitewashed" by Chakrabarti Inquiry

Via Jewish Chronicle:
Shami Chakrabarti has been accused of ignoring claims that senior members of Jeremy Corbyn’s team have a “blind spot” when it comes to antisemitism.

Josh Simons, who was a policy adviser in Mr Corbyn’s office, says that he gave evidence to Ms Chakrabarti’s inquiry into antisemitism in the party, but that it was not referred to when the report was published. This was despite the fact – a friend of Mr Simons told The Sunday Times- that the former employee believed some of the leader’s team had “at least a blind spot with antisemitism and at worst a wilful disregard for it”

Mr Simons, who no longer works for the leader, is said to have made a detailed submission to the inquiry, which included the claim that one member of the Labour leader’s office referred to a “Jewish conspiracy”.

However when Ms Chakrabarti, who has since been nominated for a Labour peerage, announced her findings five weeks ago, she made no suggestion there might be problems at the top of the party.

A spokesman for the Labour leader said Ms Chakrabarti had not ignored the submission from Mr Simons.

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