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#618216
The JC understands that Jeremy Corbyn, Jennie Formby and Seumas Milne have instructed lawyers to complain to the Labour Party about the party's proposed settlement of its libel suit from whistleblowers featured in the BBC's Panorama last July.

But the JC understands that Mr Milne is claiming that the Labour Party has breached the terms of his departure agreement – that the party would keep him informed about the progress of the case and they did not.

To a lay person this is a mind bogglingly niche case in employment contract law. It probably is to most lawyers and Milne, Len and Jen are now way up river with Colonel Kurtz.
#618236
The Red Arrow wrote:
Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:10 am
You won't make any comeback if you're squabbling among yourselves.
True, but it's not "squabbling". It's a small bunch of people who think it's fine to "push the boundaries" (and that is a VERY generous description) on one specific form of racism because a subset of that group are in government in a country that treats part of its population incredibly poorly vs. people who agree all forms of racism are bad.

It's not banning legitimate criticism of the actions of the govt. of Israel. Corbyn et al. just wanted carte blanche to be lazy and sloppy in their criticisms and lump everyone in together, and if someone overstepped the mark that was because of passion for Palestine not because they were antisemitic. No one ever meant what they said, every mishap had to be looked at in isolation, and all that was ever needed was a mild slap on the wrist accompanied by a knowing wink. That in turn attracted the real anti-jewish cranks because they knew there'd be little action against them from people "sympathetic" to what they said. Just like they were "sympathetic" to Russian agents poisoning people on UK soil and "sympathetic" to Assad's actions in Syria.

It comes down to intellect and hubris. The people at the top didn't want to consider they were wrong, and didn't have the nouse to understand the reasons why people were telling them they were wrong. Extending this up to and including considering court action to fight for their right to be selectively racist and generally stupid.
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#618248
Corbyn has spoken on the issue :
Labour Party members have a right to accountability and transparency of decisions taken in their name, and an effective commitment from the party to combat antisemitism and racism in all their forms.

The Party’s decision to apologise today and make substantial payments to former staff who sued the party in relation to last year’s Panorama programme is a political decision, not a legal one.

Our legal advice was that the party had a strong defence, and the evidence in the leaked Labour report that is now the subject of an NEC inquiry led by Martin Forde QC strengthened concerns about the role played by some of those who took part in the programme.

The decision to settle these claims in this way is disappointing, and risks giving credibility to misleading and inaccurate allegations about action taken to tackle antisemitism in the Labour Party in recent years.

To give our members the answers and justice they deserve, the inquiry led by Martin Forde must now fully address the evidence the internal report uncovered of racism, sexism, factionalism and obstruction of Labour’s 2017 General Election campaign.
#618249
Fiona Sharpe, spokesman for Labour Against Antisemitism, said:
“The Labour Party’s campaign to undermine the BBC Panorama documentary ‘Is Labour Anti-Semitic?’ was, in our view, an attempt to dismiss evidence of institutional anti-Jewish racism in the party.


It is only right that Labour has finally apologised to those involved in the programme, and especially to the seven whistleblowers who have reportedly faced months of abuse leading to emotional and mental distress.
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We hope that this indicates that the Labour Party is now willing to admit the scale of harm done in recent years and months and will quickly settle all other outstanding cases satisfactorily.”
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#618250
Abernathy wrote:
Wed Jul 22, 2020 1:05 pm
Corbyn has spoken on the issue :
Labour Party members have a right to accountability and transparency of decisions taken in their name, and an effective commitment from the party to combat antisemitism and racism in all their forms.

The Party’s decision to apologise today and make substantial payments to former staff who sued the party in relation to last year’s Panorama programme is a political decision, not a legal one.

Our legal advice was that the party had a strong defence, and the evidence in the leaked Labour report that is now the subject of an NEC inquiry led by Martin Forde QC strengthened concerns about the role played by some of those who took part in the programme.

The decision to settle these claims in this way is disappointing, and risks giving credibility to misleading and inaccurate allegations about action taken to tackle antisemitism in the Labour Party in recent years.

To give our members the answers and justice they deserve, the inquiry led by Martin Forde must now fully address the evidence the internal report uncovered of racism, sexism, factionalism and obstruction of Labour’s 2017 General Election campaign.
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#618254
Abernathy wrote:
Wed Jul 22, 2020 1:05 pm
Corbyn has spoken on the issue :
Labour Party members have a right to accountability and transparency of decisions taken in their name, and an effective commitment from the party to combat antisemitism and racism in all their forms.

The Party’s decision to apologise today and make substantial payments to former staff who sued the party in relation to last year’s Panorama programme is a political decision, not a legal one.

Our legal advice was that the party had a strong defence, and the evidence in the leaked Labour report that is now the subject of an NEC inquiry led by Martin Forde QC strengthened concerns about the role played by some of those who took part in the programme.

The decision to settle these claims in this way is disappointing, and risks giving credibility to misleading and inaccurate allegations about action taken to tackle antisemitism in the Labour Party in recent years.

To give our members the answers and justice they deserve, the inquiry led by Martin Forde must now fully address the evidence the internal report uncovered of racism, sexism, factionalism and obstruction of Labour’s 2017 General Election campaign.
Corbyn’s died on so many unnecessary hills you’d have thought he’d knock on the head. The whataboutery in the last paragraph of his ridiculous letter is particularly sad and pathetic. And why not slay Corbyn over the summer by withdrawing the whip? Keir has another four years to worry about without Jezza yapping at his heels.
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#618262
I'm confused by it, is he implying that he still "technicaly" won the argument and now wishes to disown the 2017 election he thought was a resounding success?
#618273
Labour Party members have a right to accountability and transparency of decisions taken in their name
Says the man who was falling over himself to apologise for the Iraq war on behalf of someone else.

(Disclaimer about not liking Blair, pointing out hypocrisy etc.)
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