“I am deeply saddened at the events following the publication of the report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. I voted for Corbyn in both leadership elections and was inspired by his vision for radical change and a truly fairer society. Corbyn has campaigned against inequality and racism throughout his political career. I do not believe he is anti-Semitic. However, the EHRC report highlighted significant failings and unlawful activity while he was leader of the Labour Party and ultimately it is the leader who bears responsibility for those failings.
I would urge those from all sides of the Labour Party to fully reflect on the report. This is not a time for denial, or to look for fault elsewhere. Across the breadth of the Labour movement, there is much more that unites us than divides us. I would urge members to stay within the party, find common ground and work together to remove the current government, who present such a grave threat to the values of equality, fairness and democracy we all hold so dear.”
Julian Vaughan 30th October 2020