JEREMY Corbyn’s staff directly ordered party officials not to investigate the Labour leader for anti-Semitism.
The cover-up after he praised a mural attacking Jews was highlighted in a damning report yesterday.
The Equalities and Human Rights Commission found three breaches of the 2010 Equalities Act, a law passed by a Labour government.
They relate to political interference in complaints, failure to provide adequate training to those handling anti-Semitism cases and harassment.
The report said there were 23 instances of inappropriate involvement by Mr Corbyn’s office and others in the 70 files the watchdog looked at.
They included Leader of the Opposition staff influencing decisions — including on suspensions or whether to probe anti-Semitism claims.
The report cited an example of such interference, from April 2018, regarding Mr Corbyn’s support for an “anti-Semitic mural” by a graffiti artist in East London.
The mural, later removed, pictured several apparently Jewish bankers playing a game of Monopoly, with their tabletop on the bowed, naked backs of several workers.
The EHRC said that in an email to the party’s legal unit responsible for complaints, Mr Corbyn’s aides said the complaint should be dismissed.
The email read: “The complaint itself seems to fall well below the threshold required for investigation and if so surely the decision to dismiss it can be taken now.”
The EHRC ruled “staff therefore directly interfered in the decision not to investigate in this case”.
The report said it was not legitimate for Mr Corbyn’s office to influence, make recommendations or decisions on complaints outside the formal process.
It found that interference “fundamentally undermined public confidence in the complaints process”.
‘INCONSISTENT, POOR & NOT TRANSPARENT’
And it concluded: “In short, Labour’s response to allegations of anti-Semitism was inconsistent, poor and not transparent.
The report identified Mr Corbyn’s office as taking part in political interference over complaints
It also said former London mayor Ken Livingstone, a Corbyn ally, had been among those to have harassed party members and had sought to dismiss complaints of anti-Semitism as “fake or smears”.
The report recommends that Labour sets up an independent commission to handle anti-Semitism complaints.
The party should also admit political interference has affected the process and bring in clear rules and guidance that ban and sanction any inappropriate interference.
Labour’s code of conduct should also be updated with warnings of action against any party members peddling anti-Jewish hate.