It’s been a gruelling couple of days for the Labour Party, as their approach to handling and meddling in anti-Semitism complaints has been held up to scrutiny. But it looks like things may be about to get worse for the party.
The equalities watchdog, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), has begun the first stages of an inquiry to see if the party has broken the law in the way it has treated its members and employees.
In a statement the EHRC said that:
‘Having received a number of complaints regarding anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, we believe Labour may have unlawfully discriminated against people because of their ethnicity and religious beliefs.
Our concerns are sufficient for us to consider using our statutory enforcement powers. As set out in our enforcement policy, we are now engaging with the Labour Party to give them an opportunity to respond.’
One wonders if the party’s response to the EHRC will be as robust as they usually are on human-rights scandals. In October last year, Jeremy Corbyn himself pointed out in parliament that:
‘the Equality and Human Rights Commission—and the Prime Minister should listen to it—has reported that the situation facing those with disabilities has got worse and their rights are being violated in our society’
Mr S won’t be holding his breath though.