Jewish organisations are calling on the Labour Party to release the full report of its internal investigation into alleged anti-Semitism at Oxford University Labour Club (OULC), after only an executive summary was published. The report's author, Baroness Janet Royall, is said to be unhappy with the decision to only release the summary, but says she found no evidence of anti-Semitism at OULC.
Royall was asked to investigate when a number of Jewish students claimed they had been the victims of anti-Semitism at the OULC. Co-chairman Alex Chalmers resigned saying some members of the group "have some kind of problem with Jews." There had also been one false allegation of anti-Semitism, which was reported to police.
Though Royall found no evidence of anti-Semitism she did report that some Jewish students might feel sidelined. Her recommendations include more anti-Semitism training and providing party members with access to materials and guidance, in order to help them identify and respond to allegations of anti-Semitism in future.
The Baroness' recommendations stopped short of recommending lifetime bans for anyone found guilty of anti-Semitism. Critics believe this could leave the door open for former London mayor Ken Livingstone to return following his comments about Zionism and Hitler. Jeremy Newmark, national chair of the Jewish Labour Movement, said Royall had wanted the full report published.
"A failure to publish the full report can only contribute to that state of denial that some people are in," Newmark told The Telegraph. "I met with Baroness Royall after the NEC meeting. She was visibly frustrated [that the full report was not published]. She has dedicated months to a very serious and important piece of work and her ability to convey the depth and detail of that work has been frustrated by the inability to convey the full report to the public."
Baroness Royall will now join a wider independent investigation into anti-Semitism within the Labour Party, chaired by Shami Chakrabarti. The civil rights campaigner has already come under fire for joining the party just before beginning her investigation.