You will of course be familiar with the above leaked report titled 'The work of the Labour Party’s Governance and Legal Unit in relation to antisemitism, 2014–2019', as by now are a large proportion of the membership. We write as the core officer team set up by Wolverhampton SW CLP to handle the business of the CLP during this period in which neither AMM nor EC meetings can take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The allegations made in the report are extremely serious and strike at the very heart of Party democracy. Democracy in the Party is fatally undermined if we cannot have confidence that Party employees at the highest level are acting at all times in the best interests of the Party. If the allegations are remotely true then it is clear that this was not the case for much of the period covered by the report, including in particular in the run up to the 2017 General Election. It certainly rings true of our experience of that election when we felt at times abandoned by the Party nationally as a lost cause. In the end we not only held a very marginal seat but with an increased majority.
The nature and seriousness of the allegations makes it imperative that they are properly investigated and that the investigation is overseen by the NEC as the ruling body of the Party. We therefore agreed today by online consultation to endorse and support the demands raised by the Socialist Campaign Group that:
In light of the recent revelations about senior officials undermining the 2017 general election campaign, we, as members of the Socialist Campaign Group of Labour MPs, make the following demands:
- The report should be published in full officially by the Labour Party.
- An emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting should be convened to discuss its contents.
- That NEC meeting must establish a transparent process to investigate the conduct alleged in the leaked document, with the terms of reference set by the NEC officers.
- This process must produce a report, that is publicly available, which restores faith among Labour members in the practices of our party.
We urge you therefore to convene (virtually) to consider the report and to establish a transparent process to investigate the conduct alleged as called for by the Campaign Group of Labour MPs.
I would appreciate it if you could confirm receipt, preferably by email, but by telephone or post would do.
Yours in solidarity,
Wolverhampton South West Constituency Labour Party
on behalf of:
Amanda Bevan, CLP Chair
Dick Scroop, CLP Secretary
Helen Lewis, CLP Vice Chair
Aishah Ali, CLP Vice Chair (Membership)
Michelle Binfield, CLP Treasurer
Barbara & Don Gwinnett, CLP Campaign Co-ordinator [job share]