Labour’s failure to tackle anti-Semitism our biggest shame says top MP

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Frontbench MP Jon Ashworth said the inquiry marked the most “shameful” moment in the history of the party. The Equality and Human Rights Commission investigated whether Labour “unlawfully discriminated against, harassed or victimised people because they are Jewish”. The report is expected to be heavily critical and provide recommendations as to how Labour should change.

Mr Ashworth, the shadow health secretary, said: “A lot of this was about the fact there was just a refusal to acknowledge the issue.

“That was a shameful period in our history. We have to be clear that we are never going back to that and we will do everything we can to repair relations with the Jewish community who are understandably hurt by the Labour Party’s failure to deal with this.”

The Commission has been given a dossier of allegations about actions of party employees and members.

The crisis led to nine MPs quitting.

Leader Sir Keir Starmer will be keen to show the party has moved on.

In June he sacked Corbyn ally Rebecca Long-Bailey from his shadow cabinet after she shared an article containing an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.

Jewish Labour MP Dame Margaret Hodge, who has been a target for abuse, said Sir Keir had “made all the right noises”.

She added: “I cannot describe the sense of relief that the report is finally being published and the hope that this is the beginning of the end.

“I would urge every Labour member to grasp this as a moment when we come together and back Keir in the mammoth task he has of transforming our culture and rebuilding trust with the Jewish community.”

The Commission has the power to set out a legal agreement the party would have to abide by. Failure to follow those terms would land the party in court.

Labour is the only political party other than the British National Party (BNP) to face action by the watchdog.

It took action against the BNP in 2009 over its whites-only membership policy after an injunction.

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