Barry Gardiner May Enter Labour Leadership Contest

Barry Gardiner, the Shadow International Trade Secretary, may be a surprise entrant to the Labour leadership contest. He said in a statement that he would decide within the next 24 hours whether or not he would become the seventh candidate in the contest.

The current six candidates in the contest are Clive Lewis, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy, Jess Phillips, Sir Keir Starmer and Emily Thornberry..

Cressida Dick, Scotland Yard Chief, Says Former Officers Could Face Investigation After Damian Green Revelations

Cressida Dick, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, has confirmed that former police officers could face investigation following the leak of information about Damian Green. Neil Lewis and Bob Quick, both former police officers, gave public statements about investigations and they could face a probe by the Metropolitan Police.

Dick said to the Evening Standard:

“We have got the Cabinet Office inquiry and that must be allowed to run its course, we have been assisting with that but given what has happened in recent weeks my professional standards department will be reviewing the events and seeing how information has been handled and seeing whether anyone has committed any criminal offences in which case we will investigate them. We will go where the investigation takes us”.

It was reported that David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, said that he would resign if Damian Green was forced out on the allegations made by Lewis and Quick, and a number of MPs have expressed concerns about the behaviour of the former police officers.

Barry Gardiner, the Shadow International Trade Secretary said:

“I think the police officers who seem to have blown the gaff on this have behaved disgracefully”.

Tom Winsor, the Chief Inspector of Constabulary, also expressed concern:

“Such violations may have a chilling effect on the willingness of victims and witnesses to cooperate with the police, and that will be at the expense of public safety and justice. They should never occur”.

Labour Party Splits Over Decision Not to Expel Ken Livingstone

Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Labour Party, is under pressure today to comment on the decision of the party not to expel Ken Livingstone. The party’s disciplinary panel decided yesterday to suspend the former London Mayor for one year, despite Livingstone himself expecting to be expelled.

Tom Watson, the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, issued a statement fiercely attacking the decision:

“I find it incomprehensible that our elected lay members on the disciplinary panel found Ken Livingstone guilty of such serious charges, and then concluded that he can remain a member of the Labour Party.

When I read the words of chief rabbi Mirvis, who says that ‘the Labour Party has failed the Jewish community, it has failed its members and it has failed all those who believe in zero tolerance of anti-semitism’, I can’t disagree with him. I wish I could, but I can’t. I am ashamed that we have allowed Mr Livingstone to cause such distress.

It isn’t just Jewish people who feel disgusted and offended by what Mr Livingstone said and by the way he has conducted himself over this matter, and it isn’t just Jewish Labour members who feel ashamed of any indulgence of his views anywhere in the Labour Party. This shames us all, and I’m deeply saddened by it.

Mr Livingstone’s unrepentant media appearances in recent days have continued to discredit the party I love. His current behaviour is still bringing the Labour Party into disrepute. It is hard not to conclude that his use of inflammatory language to dismiss the fully justified outrage of the Jewish community and others will incite further distortions of the Holocaust in our public discourse.

My party is not living up to its commitment to have a zero tolerance approach to anti-semitism. I will continue the fight to ensure that it does, and I will press my colleagues to do so too”.

Lord Levy, a Labour Peer and former special envoy to the Middle East, said:

“Do I stay in the party? It is something that I’m going to reflect on very seriously. I am very upset with the party’s attitude. I do not believe there has been a zero-tolerance policy towards antisemitism”.

Jon Ashworth, the Shadow Health Secretary, Barry Gardiner, the Shadow International Trade Secretary and Sir Keir Starmer, the Shadow Brexit Secretary, have all today said that Livingstone should have been expelled.