Corbyn vows to 'root out antisemitism in our party' at Scottish Labour conference – as it happened

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Lord Falconer, the Labour peer who has been in negotiations with the party about being appointed to examine its handling of antisemitism cases, has said he would take a step back if the Equality and Human Rights Commission decided to hold its own formal investigation.

He has told Jewish News:

In light of the commission coming in, I think we’ve got to put it on hold, see what the commission is going to do. If they are minded to do an investigation, they will have a range of statutory powers to get documents, emails, Whatsapp messages and witnesses, and they will do an investigation that will be completely independent from the Labour party.

So there is no point in me, with my firm of solicitors, coming in and doing exactly the same thing because it won’t carry the same degree of statutory support as the commission has.

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Source: theguardian