May 2020. The #LabourLeaks Report says Sam Matthews ran a project to secretly divert funds to MPs who were his allies. He suggested that he should be paid extra for his work on this, mentioning that he left £100,000 in the budget. 1/24 🧵…
2. The Panorama investigation into Labour’s #Antisemitism broadcast on July 2019, but did the senior Labour party figures who gave interviews mislead viewers by blaming their own failures on Corbyn’s team? We compared the BBC investigation to evidence in the #LabourLeaks report.
3. Allegation that members of Labour’s senior management team “Openly worked against the aims and objectives of the leadership and the party’s core objective of winning elections” – offers evidence that casts doubt on some of the claims by Whistleblowers on the Panorama programme
4. Evidence in the #LabourLeaks report suggests some of those who gave emotive interviews to the BBC were guilty of the exact failings they criticised Jeremy Corbyn for.

Its findings offer an alternative narrative to the one presented on Panorama.
5. The #LabourLeaks report also raises uncomfortable questions for the BBC, Panorama and its veteran reporter, John Ware.

Some of the most powerful testimony was given by Sam Matthews, a former head of the disputes team.
6. Matthews told BBC reporter John Ware “The mental health of me and my team went through the floor” AFTER he was accused of working to undermine Corbyn and failing to investigate complaints.

But Matthews WAS deeply involved in attempts to undermine Corbyn. #LabourLeaks
7. According to emails and messages cited in the #LabourLeaks report, he was even leading a secret project to divert funds away from marginals to support centrist MPs instead. The report claims that he also failed to deal with multiple serious antisemitism complaints.
8. It adds that Matthews and others did not need permission from Corbyn’s team to take disciplinary action. In fact, the department was not answerable to Corbyn until after Iain McNicol left as general secretary in March 2018 and was replaced by Jennie Formby the report says.
9. The leaked report was compiled for the Equality and Human Rights Commission investigation into Labour antisemitism while Corbyn was still leader, but was spiked by party lawyers in April last year. Starmer suppresed the report.

It alleges that Matthews and his team:
10. Gave false information to Corbyn’s office & “highly inaccurate” statistics

Repeatedly ignored emails for months

Suggested inappropriate actions

Consistently worked against the leadership, & yet gave Panorama an inaccurate account of being fearful of Corbyn’s allies
11. The Labour party’s response to the documentary at the time said Ware’s sources were “disaffected” former staff members who had always sought to undermine Corbyn’s leadership. Matthews strongly denied these allegations, his lawyer👇Mark Lewis, told Novara Media. #LabourLeaks
12. Labour also claimed that Panorama programme was full of inaccuracies.

Ware has previously refused to countenance any criticism of his reporting, several whistleblowers sued the Labour party for libel – and the BBC dismissed Labour’s complaint.…
13. ''Whistleblowers''- Samuel Matthews, Kat Buckingham, Michael Creighton, Dan Hogan, Louise Withers Green, Benjamin Westerman & Martha Robinson - took legal action and asked the Labour Party to apologise in court. Labour paid out £580,000. #LabourLeaks…
14. Keir Starmer has twice declined to deny that the party’s lawyers said it would win a libel case brought by ‘Whistleblowers’ of the Panorama programme – or that he made a ‘political decision’ to pay out a figure reported to be around £600,000 rather than take the case to court
15. Ware told Novara:

“I stand by the Panorama programme, the whistle-blowers and the many confidential sources who helped inform it. Any suggestion that the whistle-blowers were motivated in their approach to individual cases more by factionalism than principle is unworthy.”
16. Asked how he felt about featuring Matthews as a whistleblower in light of allegations made in the report, Ware said:

“It is not for me to comment on why Sam Matthews did or did not suspend someone. It may be that with hindsight he wishes he had in this particular case''
17. ''I know that he felt constrained by the Chakrabarti recommendation published 3 months earlier that suspension should be used sparingly & only as a last resort.” - We could not find in the Chakrabarti report that suspensions should be “used sparingly & only as a last resort”
18. Ware also further claimed that some allegations in the report concerning Matthews’ failure to check inboxes, to initiate investigations or to order suspensions are “demonstrably untrue” and that “documentary evidence” exists to prove this. #LabourLeaks
19. Novara Media asked him about this evidence but had not received a reply at the time of publication. Ware sent a response shortly afterwards, but this did not include any documentary evidence that proved his claim. #LabourLeaks #StarmerOut
20. Novara asked Matthews for his response to the allegation about his failure to check the inbox, but Matthews opted not to give a reply to this specific question.

It is not clear if Ware was speaking with Matthews’ knowledge and authority.
21. When Jennie Formby took over, she reformed the system, just when those reforms were beginning to bear fruit, the BBC broadcast Ware’s Panorama programme leaving viewers in little doubt that the Labour party, and possibly Corbyn himself, were antisemitic.
22. It did so using testimony from former Labour party insiders, put forward as “Whistleblowers” breaking their silence on Corbyn’s failure to drive out antisemitism.

But the 1,000's of emails, texts & WhatsApp messages contained in the leaked report give a new perspective.
23. Starmer commissioned the Forde Inquiry & poured contempt on it – readmitting ex-officials accused by #LabourLeaks report while Forde says process not yet complete & now Keir has reinstated others while the investigation is still unfinished. #StarmerOut…
24. Today Emilie Oldknow, former Executive Director for the party, named in #LabourLeaks lost her court bid to identify those who leaked. The Forde report is indefinitely delayed and with it #LabourLeaks too. Time to put pressure on Sir Keir Starmer QC.…

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