Labour Apologises in Court to Smeared Panorama Journalists & Whistleblowers

The Labour Party civil war continues as the party agrees to pay “substantial damages” to seven whistleblowers over “defamatory and false allegations” made following a BBC Panorama investigation into Anti-semitism.

Corbynistas like Owen Jones called the investigation “a hatchet job”. Owen ranted that it was “one of the most tawdry pieces of journalism I have ever seen produced by a broadcaster claiming impartiality… a documentary which basically just presented old news stories set to a sinister soundtrack, with red-baiting McCarthyite talk of “lifelong Marxists” flooding the party added in for good measure.”

Not sure where this leaves the Carter-Ruck challenge to the Labour Party over the proffering of this apology financed by Unite on behalf of Corbyn, Formby* and Milne…

UPDATE:

An apology from the Labour Party to Kat Buckingham, Michael Creighton, Samuel Matthews, Dan Hogan, Louise Withers Green, Benjamin Westerman and Martha Robinson 

The Labour Party has today issued an unreserved apology to the former members of staff who contributed to a BBC Panorama programme about antisemitism within the Labour Party in July 2019.

Before the broadcast of the programme, the Labour Party issued a press release that contained defamatory and false allegations about these Whistleblowers. 

We acknowledge the many years of dedicated and committed service that the Whistleblowers have given to the Labour Party as members and as staff. We appreciate their valuable contribution at all levels of the Party. 

We unreservedly withdraw all allegations of bad faith, malice and lying. We would like to apologise unreservedly for the distress, embarrassment and hurt caused by their publication.  We have agreed to pay them damages.

Under the leadership of Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner, we are committed to tackling antisemitism within the Labour Party. Antisemitism has been a stain on the Labour Party in recent years. It has caused unacceptable and unimaginable levels of grief and distress for many in the Jewish community, as well as members of staff.

If we are to restore the trust of the Jewish community, we must demonstrate a change of leadership. That means being open, transparent and respecting the right of whistleblowers. We are determined to deliver that change.

*Very gallant of Len McCluskey to use his member’s subs to defend the honour of the mother of his child.

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Starmer: Boris isn’t Trump, Avoids Calling him a “Poor Leader”

In a wide-ranging interview with Sky News, Keir Starmer rejected Democrat presidential candidate Jo Biden’s description of Boris as the “physical and emotional clone of Donald Trump”, also avoiding Beth Rigby’s attempts to get him to describe the PM as a “poor leader”. TrotsApp won’t be happy about his rejection of this opportunity…

Sir Keir used the rest of the interview to double down on his opposition to the Black Lives Matter movement’s demands to defund the police – saying “my argument is we need more funding for police in this country”

He also denied his decision to sack Rebecca Long-Bailey was “not a left-right issue”, saying he has “no intention to purge the party at all”

The knight doth protest too much…

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13,000 Signatures Demand Starmer Reinstate Long-Bailey

There is nothing left-wingers like more than fighting amongst themselves. So far the number of people demanding the reinstatement of Becky Long-Bailey is equivalent to just over 2% of the Labour Party membership. Demanding that the party leader bends the knee to the left just as the public has begun to recognise him. Over at CCHQ they have put in a bulk order for popcorn…

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Starmer Called for Reopening of Schools Last Month

Before the militant teaching unions ramped up their campaign, the Labour Party was in favour of speedily re-opening schools. Back on 15 April, TES reported Starmer arguing that reopening of schools should be “prioritise[d]” in order to combat a “growing inequality”.

By 29 April, Huffington Post was reporting Starmer “has ramped up the pressure on ministers to reopen schools as soon as possible”, saying in earnest that “the longer they remain closed the more damage will be done to poorer pupils’ life chances.” Yet now, under pressure from the teaching unions, Starmer’s position appears to have changed…

Since the unions called Starmer to heel on the issue however, Labour has reversed. The Shadow Cabinet has dropped the principled stand it took last month prioritising the needs of children currently missing out on their education, only to now instead refuse to back the Government’s plan to re-open schools. Slippery Starmer has a lawyer’s flexibility when it comes to making his arguments…

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Covid Conman is Labour Politician’s Son

Covid conman Mohammed Khan is facing a prison sentence after pleading guilty to a sophisticated fraud, at a hearing appearing by video link to Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday. His lawyer told Westminster Magistrates Court that Khan only carried out the scam against vulnerable people because his family lives in “abject poverty”. Yet Guido understands that Khan actually lives with his mother, a Labour councillor who receives a generous top up to her attendance allowances as a Cabinet Adviser to Camden council. She is also the chair of the subcommittee on crime and school exclusions…

A police investigation into Khan indicated that not only did he prey on vulnerable people himself during the pandemic, he also distributed fraudulent websites and templates to other fraudsters and co-conspirators. Khan was remanded in custody ahead of sentencing on June 12.

Labour politicians Kate Osamor, Diane Abbott, and now Councillor Samata Khatoon have all seen their sons convicted within the last 18 months. It’s becoming a recurring theme for Labour in North London…

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Hard Left’s Pick for Labour’s Next General Secretary

The race to become the new General Secretary of the Labour Party following Jenny Formby’s resignation earlier this month is hotting up. The Mirror is reporting that David Evans is Keir Starmer’s favourite for the job. Evans previously served as Labour’s assistant general secretary under Tony Blair. Already opposing him is Pamela Fitzpatrick – one of Corbyn’s star PPCs in their Labour’s target seat of Harrow East last year. She managed to turn a Tory majority of just 1,757 into one of a stonking 8,170…

Fitzpatrick is winning over the left with her track record of wanting more MPs like Chris Williamson, denying Labour’s anti-Semitism problem, and promoting Skripal conspiracy theories.

Unite’s Anneliese Midgley has decided against running, leaving the Unite endorsement open for Fitzpatrick, who has already been endorsed by John McDonnell’s Labour Representation Committee. A compelling choice for the cranks…

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