Labour will keep their response to the Jackie Walker anti-Semitism row private following new procedures adopted after the Chakrabarti inquiry. The party is under pressure to expel Walker over her comments on the Holocaust, yet Labour say they will not update the public on any action taken against her, a new policy recommended by Baroness Chakrabarti. A Labour spokesman says:
“We don’t comment on individuals’ membership status.”
Previously Labour would tell the press as soon as a member had been suspended.
Just hours after Jeremy Corbyn told conference “every one of us has a responsibility” to stand up to anti-Semitism, Labour are covering up their response to anti-Semitic remarks made by members. The new policy aims to make sure those accused of anti-Semitism are not treated unfairly, its priority is to protect those facing investigation. Unless Walker herself discloses what action, if any, is taken, the public will be kept in the dark. A complete cop out from Labour that ends all transparency on how they’re dealing with anti-Semitism. Corbyn’s words yesterday weren’t worth the autocue they were written on…
UPDATE: There is widespread uneasiness about this:
Just in case anyone wonders, I think Jackie Walker's comments are antisemitic and that she should be shown the door never to return.
— Chris Bryant MP (@RhonddaBryant) September 28, 2016
As long as Jackie Walker remains in Labour Party, then Jeremy Corbyn's words on antisemitism are meaningless. They are just words. #Lab16
— Jane Merrick (@janemerrick23) September 28, 2016
I promised to give it two months and will do so. But I can't be in the same party as Jackie Walker.
Give me a break.
— Falcon Malteser (@Falcon_Malteser) September 29, 2016