The Forde Inquiry’s first term of reference was in part to uncover “the extent of racism, sexism and other discriminatory culture” within a major political party. It stopped taking evidence in August 2020. The Inquiry’s last update stated that:
The delay of the Forde Inquiry, tasked by the NEC with investigating the damning evidence of racism towards Black Labour MPs from some of the party’s most senior officials, bares the hallmarks of an institutional cover up and remains a stain on a party that claims to be anti-racist, “committed to combating and campaigning against all forms of racism, including antisemitism and Islamophobia.”
Given the party’s complacency in ‘rooting out racism’, it’s unsurprising that the inquiry has yet to receive a deadline for its release. Starmer has thus far put more weight behind finding out who leaked the report in the first place than he has towards the accusations of racism, sexism and discrimination made in the report itself.
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