Why we oppose the EHRC report

Conference Notes

1.    That Keir Starmer and David Evans have outlawed all discussion on the EHRC Report.

2.    Those falling foul of this rule, including former leader Jerem Corbyn, have been suspended or expelled.

3.    We note that the EHRC Report redefines the definition of harassment in the Equality Act 2010 to include political speech that other people don’t like!

4.    That the EHRC deliberately refused to look at the evidence in Labour’s Leaked Report on the grounds that it wasn’t ‘proportionate’.

5.    That the EHRC singled out 3 victims – Chris Williamson, Ken Livingstone and Pam Bromley. The EHRC backed down when Chris threatened them with legal action. Instead they targeted Ken and Pam.

Conference Resolves:

1.    To reject the EHRC Report in its entirety.

2.    Reject the proposal for outside interference in the disciplinary affairs of the Labour Party. In particular we reject the so-called ‘Anti-Semitism Advisory Panel.’ We note that the Board of Deputies and the JLM have been give veto powers over its membership. This is tantamount to giving the Israeli state a direct stake in how the Labour Party is run.

3.    It is irrelevant if parts of the Report are favourable to us (e.g. the right to know one’s accusers)

4.    It is a principle that a state body has no right to interfere in the internal affairs of a political party. Therein lies the road to a police  state.

5.    The EHRC is, as Jeremy Corbyn stated in an interview with Labour last on 1 June 2020, ‘part of the government machine’.

6. Even David Isaac, the Chair of the EHRC stated in respect of the new Commissioners that Liz Truss has appointed that ‘she doesn’t say ‘they’re going to do my bidding’, but it’s pretty implicit in what she’s saying.’ [Guardian 18.1.21.]

7.    We wish Ken Livingstone and Pam Bromley success in their bid to judicially review the EHRC Report and reject accusations of anti-Semitism against both of them.

8.    We note that Keir Starmer deliberately refused to send Labour’s Leaked Report to the EHRC and paid off the right-wing staff (‘whistleblowers’) in order to ensure that they were not held to account for their sabotage of the Labour Party.

Charter for Labour Party members’ rights

Labour Party members must have the right…

  • … to free speech and to freely discuss, in meetings and online, all issues that concern them and the working class, including disciplinary actions taken against their fellow members (especially when details about those cases have been leaked to the press).

  • …to criticise openly and without fear of censorship or disciplinary measures the ongoing oppression of the Palestinian people by the state of Israel.

  • … to campaign to overturn the Labour Party’s commitment to the fake definition of antisemitism, which conflates anti-Zionism with antisemitism.

  • …to question if the Labour Party really ever had a massive problem with antisemitism, without being charged and suspended for antisemitism. This charge of ‘denialism’ seems to have been lifted straight out of the armour of the Salem witch-hunters: drown if you’re innocent; get burned if you’re guilty. 
  • …not to be suspended while standing in an election, especially when this is the beginning of an investigation against them and they have not been given any details of their accuser/s or even what they have been accused of. The principle ‘innocent until proven guilty’ must always apply.

  • … not to be thrown out of the party as part of the ‘fast track expulsion’ process agreed by the NEC in 2019, which lacks fairness and natural justice.
  • … to associate freely with former members who have been unjustly expelled from the party (in contradiction to the demands in the Board of Deputies’ so-called 10 Pledges, which members must be allowed to reject).

  • … to be investigated and judged by a jury of their Labour Party peers and to reject the involvement of the so-called Antisemitism Advisory Panel in their disciplinary case, which is made up of right-wingers and self-declared Zionists, many of whom are utterly hostile to the Labour Party.

  • …to expect the full and active solidarity of their fellow members, especially over unjustified and very harmful charges of antisemitism.

Free Julian Assange!

1. This conference recognises that Wikileaks exposed secret communications and war crimes committed by the US and as a consequence Julian Assange is held as a political prisoner of the UK state. We recognise his treatment is a threat to the freedom of the press and right of citizens to know what is being carried out by the state.

2. This conference opposes his extradition to the United States, condemns his cruel treatment in prison and calls for his immediate release from jail.

3.  This conference supports the campaign to Free Julian Assange. We urge all participants to raise the demand for his immediate release in Labour Party meetings, trade union branches and community organisations and where possible to link it with the issue of defence of free speech.

Liberty must campaign against IHRA

As agreed at our conference on February 13 2021

1. We note that Liberty, formerly the National Council for Civil Liberties, has policy opposing the IHRA.

2.    We also note that the officers and workers at Liberty have refused to take part in any campaigns against the IHRA. In particular their silence over the threats by Gavin Williamson to withdraw funding from universities who unwilling to adopt the IHRA is shameful. We call on Liberty to take a lesson from the United States where its sister organisation, the ACLU, has been vigorous in opposing the imposition by Donald Trump of the IHRA and attempts to outlaw BDS.

Our campaigning priorities

Agreed at our conference on February 13 2021

1) Seek affiliation to the campaign of trade unions, Labour Party CLPs and branches and other relevant organisations.

2) Seek well-known sponsors and patrons for the campaign.

3) Campaign publicly and with Zoom meetings, stressing the international character of the efforts to restrict free speech.

4) We will concentrate in particular on our opposition to the IHRA fake definition of antisemitism.

5) We will prepare model motions and public statements.

The new steering committee shall discuss setting up a membership or supporters structure and proposed fees for affiliated organisations.