How the EHRC got it so wrong: antisemitism and the Labour Party

STOP PRESS (8 May):

How the EHRC Got it so Wrong will be available for free download from 10 May from Verso books.

An invitation from the Haldane Society

 

You are invited to the  launch of How the EHRC Got it so Wrong: Antisemitism and the Labour Party.
This study, collectively drafted by Jewish Voice for Labour with the assistance of leading lawyers, demonstrates that the EHRC Report did not remotely uphold the salient public accusations against Labour.

 

Register for the launch

Thursday 13 May 5.30 – 7.30 p.m. London time

The Haldane Society invites you to a webinar, chaired by Michael Mansfield QC, to launch a major new study of the failings of the EHRC investigation into Labour Party Antisemitism: How the EHRC Got it so Wrong: Antisemitism and the Labour Party.It will be published as a free eBook by Verso on 13 May.

The study, collectively drafted by Jewish Voice for Labour with the assistance of leading lawyers, demonstrates that the EHRC Report did not remotely uphold the salient public accusations against Labour. Consequently, it provides no sound justification for the ongoing crack-down on debate within the Party. The Report misrepresents the evidence and is misdirected on law throughout, from its terms of reference onwards.

The launch will feature:

Introduction:  Jenny Manson, Co-chair, Jewish Voice for Labour

Panel:

  • Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC
  • Liz Fekete: Director, the Institute of Race Relations
  • Daniel Finn: Features editor, Jacobin magazine
  • Peter Oborne: Author. Assault on Truth: the Emergence of a New Moral Barbarism

Chair: Michael Mansfield QC – President, Haldane Society

And plenty of time for questions and answers.

Geoffrey Bindman writes in the foreword to the study that:

The Commission saddled itself with the needless task of finding illegal conduct; not by those who made the offending statements but by the Party itself. It claimed to have found the law had been broken in only two cases of harassment and two of indirect discrimination, all of which findings, as the … analysis demonstrates, were highly disputable. Predictably, what hit the headlines, when the report was published, was the humiliating conclusion — by the Commission Labour had itself created — that the Party had broken the law.

…Following publication by the Commission, a new Party leadership, eager to wash its hands of an embarrassment that could be blamed on its predecessors, lamely accepted without challenge and in its entirety, even with perverse enthusiasm, the flawed package delivered by the Commission. A judicial ruling on its findings may thus now be out of reach. That makes the persuasive analysis of the Commission’s report presented here especially valuable.

This study will fundamentally change the terms of the debate on Labour antisemitism

Register for the launch

How the EHRC Got it so Wrong will be available for free download from 10 May from Verso books (not 13 May as previously anounced).

 

 

Comments (2)

  • Philip Thomas says:

    Adam Wagner and the EHRC had an austerity cash injection of £3m in December 2018 to fund “advocacy work”
    Adam Wagner sits on the EHRC panel, judging the dossier he helped create against the Labour Party.

  • Paul Peart Smith says:

    Thank you for your great work.

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