UK politics live: EHRC to publish report into Labour and antisemitism

The EHRC is not expected to make direct recommendations that disciplinary action should be taken against high-profile individuals such as Corbyn. But sources close to the inquiry said an earlier draft report found evidence of indirect discrimination in the operation of the party’s processes, which would be a breach of equalities law.

However, there are understood to have been multiple challenges to the draft report and the EHRC’s final conclusions have been kept under wraps.

Starmer is likely to accept all of the report’s recommendations, though a legal challenge to the EHRC’s findings is planned by Jewish supporters of Corbyn if they disagree with its conclusions.

Good morning and welcome to UK politics live, where we will be covering the publication of the report by the equalities watchdog into allegations of antisemitism in the Labour Party, and the resulting reaction.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) report is set to recommend an independent complaints system when the findings of its long-awaited inquiry are published later this morning.

As well as opening another, the inquiry’s conclusion will close one painful chapter in Labour’s history under Jeremy Corbyn, when it was accused of institutional antisemitism and MPs resigned amid recriminations over toxic factionalism within the party HQ.

Both Corbyn and his successor, Keir Starmer, are both expected to set out their reactions to the findings later today.

We will bring you full coverage of those events, and more. Here are some expected timings:

10am: The EHRC will publish its 100-plus-page report online, while lead investigator Alasdair Henderson will brief the media

11am: Labour leader Keir Starmer holds a press conference via Zoom, which can be watched here. He has already said the party will accept all the recommendations of the report, which the shadow health secretary, Jon Ashworth, has called the most shameful moment in the party’s history

11am: Jeremy Corbyn is expected to release a written statement.

Midday: The Jewish Labour Movement, which became one of two key complainants to the EHRC, will hold a press conference

The Guardian’s deputy political editor, Jessica Elgot, has put together an explainer in advance of the report’s publication

The Guardian

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