Labour’s ex-director of 21 anti-Semitic libel charges reported a leak

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The ex-Labor board director is one of 21 people who are suing the party for libel over leaked internal report dealing with allegations of anti-Semitism

  • Emilie Oldknow took legal action against the party in February to find the source of the leak
  • In April 2020, an 860-page report on Labor’s anti-Semitism complaints was leaked
  • Ms. Oldknow and 20 other unnamed individuals filed claims against Labor on Wednesday

The ex-director of the Labor board is one of 21 people who are suing the party for libel over a leaked internal report dealing with allegations of anti-Semitism.

An 860-page report on Labor’s administrative and legal unit, which found “no evidence” that anti-Semitism was treated differently from other complaints, leaked last April.

The internal investigation conducted in the final months of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership concluded that ‘opposition from the faction’ to the former leader contributed to ‘a litany of errors’ that stood in the way of attempts to address the crisis.

Emilie Oldknow – the former Labor Board Director, who is also married to Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth – took legal action against the party in February to force the party to disclose ‘the identities or identities of those responsible’ for the leak. to make.

Emilie Oldknow (pictured) - the former Labor board director, who is also married to shadow secretary Jonathan Ashworth - took legal action against the party in February to force the party to 'identify or identify those responsible' for it. leak

Emilie Oldknow (pictured) – the former Labor board director, who is also married to shadow secretary Jonathan Ashworth – took legal action against the party in February to force the party to ‘identify or identify those responsible’ for it. leak

Her application was rejected by a Supreme Court judge, who heard that Labor had “been given a clear picture of who was responsible for the leak,” but would not “make a subjective judgment as to who is legally responsible for it.”

Ms. Oldknow and 20 other unnamed individuals filed claims against Labor on Wednesday, according to a publicly available Supreme Court record of claims.

The claims are believed to relate to libel, as well as alleged misuse of private information and alleged violation of data protection laws.

Plaintiffs’ attorney Mark Lewis, of the firm of Patron Law, said in a statement: “I can confirm that proceedings have been brought by 21 people in relation to the ‘leaked report’.

Her application was rejected by a Supreme Court judge, who heard that Labor had “been given a clear picture of who was responsible for the leak,” but would not “make a subjective judgment as to who is legally responsible for it.” Pictured: Jonathan Ashworth

“ I do not intend to comment further at this point, except that a petition has also been filed with the Court of Appeal to appeal the decision refusing to reveal the identities of those Labor said that the report have leaked. ‘

At last month’s hearing, Ms. Oldknow’s lawyers said the leaked report was a “ politically motivated ax job, ” seeking to blame her and others for Labor’s “ failure ” to address allegations of anti-Semitism.

William Bennett QC said in written comments that the leaked report contained “inherently serious allegations of wrongdoing”, which he said “caused and is likely to cause Ms. Oldknow’s reputation.”

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