Of the five former party staffers, key Corbynista allies who were influential under Jeremy Corbyn, Karie Murphy and Seamus Milne, have been accused
Of the five former party staffers, key Corbynista allies who were influential under Jeremy Corbyn, Karie Murphy and Seamus Milne, have been accused of leaking a report into anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. The other former staff members were Georgie Robertson, Harry Hayball and Laura Murray. The report, named “The work of the Labour Party’s Governance and Legal Unit in relation to antisemitism, 2014 – 2019” was leaked online and to journalists in April 2020.
According to Labour List, the five staff members will be accused by the party of leaking the 860-page document.
All five, however, deny the claim they leaked the document to the press and wider media.
It has been claimed up to 20 people, including the five accused, were in possession of the report.
Carter-Ruck, the solicitors representing the five, said: “To the extent that the Labour Party has explained its proposed action, it is clear that it will be naming the individuals in an attempt to deflect on to them its own liability in claims brought by a group of claimants who are suing the party over the leak as well as the party bringing a related claim direct against the five.
“The party apparently admits that its case against the individuals is purely circumstantial and inferential, but has failed even to set out that case properly in correspondence, despite its obligations to do so under the relevant Court Protocol.”
The initial document had been intended to be sent to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
The EHRC had conducted an investigation into anti-Semitism in the Labour party.
It concluded in October 2020 and found Labour responsible for unlawful acts.
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“They understand that neither of those investigations concluded that they were responsible.
“The party acknowledged in court that it cannot be certain who leaked the report and that its “case” against them is circumstantial.
“But it is now trying to make them foot the bill for legal action brought against it.
“The party should be focusing on the deeply troubling evidence contained with the leaked report, rather than trying to wrongly scapegoat and victimise former staff who documented it, and who have not been accused by either of the independent investigations.”
The 860-page document detailing the relationship between Mr Corbyn and then general secretary Ian McNicol.
The Labour Party has been approached for comment by Express.co.uk