Thursday briefing: Labour to apologise to antisemitism whistleblowers

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Thursday briefing: Labour to apologise to antisemitism whistleblowers



An apology to the antisemitism whisteblowers will be controversial among Corbyn loyalists.
Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Former staffers sued party in the wake of a BBC Panorama investigation … Twitter hack targets major public figures … and missing football hugs

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An apology to the antisemitism whisteblowers will be controversial among Corbyn loyalists.
Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Top story: Corbyn allies accuse Starmer of capitulating

Hello and welcome to today’s briefing with me, Alison Rourke.

Labour is poised to make a formal apology to antisemitism whistleblowers as part of a settlement designed to draw a line under allegations made during the Jeremy Corbyn era. Seven whistleblowers – all former staffers – sued the party for defamation in the wake of the 2019 BBC Panorama investigation, which made a number of serious claims about Labour’s internal culture for dealing with complaints of antisemitism. They claimed senior party figures had issued statements attacking their reputations and suggesting they had ulterior political and personal motives to undermine the party. Under Keir Starmer, Labour has appeared eager to reach agreement to end ongoing conflict over the party’s antisemitism crisis. But any apology will prove controversial among Corbyn loyalists, who question whether settling the matter is a good use of party funds. The Guardian understands legal advice provided to Labour under the former leader suggested the party could win the case.


Coronavirus latest – Train companies are hoping to encourage commuters back on to public transport with a “travel safe this summer” campaign, as Boris Johnson urges a bigger return to work. The government is reviewing its guidance, in place since lockdown started, to work from home where possible. Johnson is expected to set out the next steps in easing the lockdown on Friday. Yesterday the PM indicated he had not read the winter coronavirus report setting out urgent measures needed to prepare for a possible second wave of coronavirus, telling the Commons only that he was “aware” of it. Every child in Scotland will need additional mental health support as a consequence of measures taken to tackle the coronavirus crisis, according to the country’s children and young people’s commissioner. Bruce Adamson said the pandemic had sent a “very negative” message about how decision-makers value young people’s voices. In the US Anthony Fauci, America’s top infectious diseases expert, has pushed back at a concerted campaign by Donald Trump and his allies to discredit his response to the pandemic. “I think you can trust me,” he told an audience in Washington. Find the latest on the coronavirus pandemic at our global live blog.


British Vogue – The magazine’s editor says he was racially profiled after being told yesterday to “use the loading bay” by a security guard as he entered the offices. Edward Enninful, who is black, has been the fashion magazine’s editor-in-chief since 2017. “Today, I was racially profiled by a security guard whilst entering my workplace. I was instructed to use the loading bay. Just because our timelines and weekends are returning to normal, we cannot let the world return to how it was. Change needs to happen now,” he said.

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