Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Labour Group in Race and Sex Harassment Storm Told to Have Equality Training

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Labour Group in Race and Sex Harassment Storm Told to Have Equality Training

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Byline: Sophia Sleigh City Hall Reporter

THE Labour group which controls Enfield council has been told to undergo "equality training" following allegations of racism, sexual harassment and intimidation.

The national party made the recommendation after a four-month investigation into numerous complaints concerning factions in the Enfield Labour Group. Sources close to the council's cabinet claimed racism was "out of control" in the north London party. Most recently a councillor was suspended from the group after allegedly sharing an anti-Semitic tweet.

The row is a fresh blow to Labour, which has faced months of criticism over its response to anti-Jewish abuse. Nine MPs including Enfield North's Joan Ryan quit the party earlier this year, many of them citing the leadership's handling of anti-Semitism. Ms Ryan joined the Independent Group of MPs, claiming that Labour had "become infected with the scourge of anti-Jewish racism". Rows started in Enfield after elections last summer when it was claimed that five black councillors seeking reselection were deselected.

Several members of the Turkish and Kurdish community took up positions on the council, helping end the 10-yearrule of the previous administration. However, a number of councillors, including cabinet members, wrote to Labour's general secretary Jennie Formby calling for an investigation into the candidate selection process, alleging "irregularities".

Meanwhile, Turkish-speaking councillors complained to the party about discrimination towards them. It is understood councillors have received hate mail and incidents have been referred to the police.

A source said: "The Labour Party has just about had enough of it. It's all come to a head. We have an issue with racism. There are all sorts of smear campaigns. It's just appalling, really out of control. …

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