As the BAME officer of St Albans Labour Party, I’ve previously made public statements on our website and social media accounts,  on behalf of the party,  about our rejection of all forms of racism, including anti-Semitism, in April 2018 and March 2019.

There has been significant recent media coverage on anti-Semitism in the Labour Party and I would like to make everyone aware of the EHRC investigation into complaints about allegations of ant-Semitism. EHRC is using its powers under the Equalities Act 2010 and have opened its investigation, which is looking at:

  • whether unlawful acts have been committed by the Party or its employees or agents
  • the steps taken by the Party to implement the recommendations made in the reports on anti-Semitism by Baroness Royall, the Home Affairs Select Committee and in the Chakrabarti Report
  • whether the Rule Book and the Party’s investigatory and disciplinary processes have enabled or could enable it to deal efficiently and effectively with complaints of race or religion or belief discrimination and racial harassment or victimisation, including whether appropriate sanctions have been or could be applied
  • whether the Party has responded to complaints of unlawful acts in a lawful, efficient and effective manner

Once the investigation has finished EHRC will publish a report of their findings, which may include recommendations.

Everyone should be aware of EHRC Guide for all political parties and their members, which can be accessed through the link below. This publication provides an overview of what the Equality Act 2010 means for political parties and their members. It includes an explanation of the action that can lawfully be taken by parties to increase the participation of under-represented groups in elected office and within their own party structures. It also explains when and how members of political parties, and people who want to become members, are protected from unlawful discrimination.

https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/sites/default/files/equality-act-2010-guidance-for-political-parties.pdf

 

Jagat Chatrath,

vice chair and BAME officer

St Albans Labour Party

 

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