The Forde Inquiry Panel has been appointed by the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party to undertake an independent investigation into the circumstances and contents of the report entitled “The work of the Labour Party’s Governance and Legal Unit in relation to antisemitism, 2014-2019” (the ‘Report’).
The investigation has been set up in response to allegations that the Party has failed to deal appropriately with accusations relating to antisemitism, and by extension other forms of racism and offensive or inappropriate behaviour.
Terms of Reference
The investigation’s full Terms of Reference are available for download here.
In order to ensure the integrity of the investigation, the Panel will conduct the investigation independently of the Labour Party.
The Panel has appointed an independent Secretariat to assist with the day-to-day management of the investigation.
The Chair has written to the Labour Party setting out the independence measures for the investigation here.
Powers of the Panel
This investigation is not a statutory inquiry and we have no power to summon witnesses if they do not wish to appear or submit evidence. Nevertheless, we encourage all interested persons to contribute to the investigation to permit the Panel to build the fullest picture and to frame effective recommendations.
The Forde Inquiry Panel now invites evidence and views from individuals affected by the Report as well as any other individual or organisation which may wish to make a submission in respect of our Terms of Reference.
At the conclusion of its investigation, the Forde Inquiry Panel will publish its final report and any findings on this website. It is aiming to do so early in 2021.
The Panel intends to reach a full consensus in its investigation but, if this is not possible, any failure to reach a consensus will be indicated in the Panel’s findings.