Newly leaked emails reveal how Corbyn aides plotted to challenge top Labour disciplinary body over anti-Semitism cases
- Karie Murphy, Corbyn’s chief of staff, said it was ‘absurd’ he could be overruled
- She ordered a secret dossier on National Constitutional Committee members
- It was to include re-election dates and ‘how we can challenge their decisions’
Karie Murphy, the opposition leader’s chief of staff (pictured with Mr Corbyn), ordered a secret dossier to be produced on the NCC’s members
Jeremy Corbyn’s top aides plotted to try to overturn decisions by the Labour’s Party’s top disciplinary body at the height of the anti-Semitism crisis last year, leaked emails suggest.
Karie Murphy, the opposition leader’s chief of staff, said it was ‘absurd’ that the National Constitutional Committee (NCC) could over-rule the leadership, including general secretary Jennie Formby.
Ms Murphy ordered a secret dossier to be produced on the NCC’s members, including when they were up for re-election and ‘how we can challenge their decisions’, emails leaked to Sky News show.
Marie van Der Zyl, president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, told Sky News: ‘There is no independence and this cover-up and conspiracy by them, and by Jeremy Corbyn’s office, cannot continue.
‘There must be independence and this is vital for the reputation of the Labour Party, and they must show that they take responsibility.
‘Jeremy Corbyn has to accept personal responsibility in dealing with this as a matter of urgency’.
Karie Murphy, the opposition leader’s chief of staff, said it was ‘absurd’ that National Constitutional Committee (NCC) could over-rule the leadership, including general secretary Jennie Formby (pictured with Mr Corbyn)
Mr Corbyn’s party has become bitterly divided over the issue of anti-Semitism
The exchange of emails with Ms Formby in May 2018 concerned a July hearing for Jackie Walker, a Labour activist later expelled for anti-Semitic behaviour.
In hers Ms Murphy says a report compiled for top aides was ‘not competent’ and demands another.
‘It doesn’t cover: Who sits on the NCC? What organisations do they represent? When are they elected? Or due for re-election. Are they accountable to the NEC (National Executive Committee)? Are they answerable to the GSO (general secretary’s office)?
‘How can we challenge their decisions – ie can LP (the Labour Party) challenge them not a complainant or member but the GSO/Leader/NEC chair’.
She added: ‘The very idea that the (NCC) chair can overrule the GSO is absurd. I am sure one of the NCC members from a union would volunteer to help with this.’
Ms Formby replied saying that she agreed, adding: ‘The NCC cannot be allowed to continue in the way that they are at the moment.’
She also suggested there had been a ‘deliberate decision’ to delay Ms Walker’s hearing by more than a year, ‘a delay for which Jeremy has of course had to bear the blame.’
A Labour Party spokesperson said: ‘The emails are entirely proper and show no attempt to interfere with any individual case.
‘Rather, the General Secretary and senior members of Party staff were seeking to understand why the NCC was taking so long to hear cases.
‘The speeding up of the disciplinary process is of significant concern to Jewish community organisations and a key task of the General Secretary.’
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