Emilie Oldknow OBE, former Executive Director for the party, who was named in the #LabourLeaks report that was distributed to the media and online last year, has lost her court bid to force Labour to identify those who leaked the document. #StarmerOut labourlist.org/2021/03/ex-sta…
The judge, Justice Tipples, today dismissed the application by Emilie Oldknow OBE – a Labour executive director until 2018 – saying it “smacks of a fishing expedition”, and granting it would have risked innocent parties being identified. #LabourLeaks #StarmerOut
Oldknow’s barrister William Bennett QC said Labour ought to pay its own costs, or they should be reserved as Oldknow will have to make a further application. But the judge ordered Oldknow to pay Labour’s costs. #LabourLeaks #StarmerOut
The judge said there was a “real risk” that if Labour were ordered to name individuals suspected of leaking the report, individuals innocent of wrongdoing could be identified. Five individuals accused deny leaking the report.#LabourLeaks #StarmerOut
The judge ruled on Friday that written submissions from Unite’s lawyer could be considered. Today, she therefore ordered Oldknow to also pay part of Unite’s costs relating to the failed application. #LabourLeaks #StarmerOut
Oldknow applies for permission to appeal, Labour opposes application, judge refuses application for permission to appeal. #LabourLeaks #StarmerOut

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