An open letter to the Forde Inquiry

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by Martin Odoni

Can make even the right wing of the Labour Party look whiter than white

Good afternoon, Mr Forde & panellists

I thank you for your publication of the findings of your investigation into the Labour Party’s culture and conduct.

Referring you to page 50 of your report, I must draw your attention to the section C2.60, where you write; –

The level of allegations of antisemitism and concern of the Jewish communities [NB: WHAT IS MEANT BY ‘JEWISH COMMUNITIES’ IS NOT DEFINED] and interest of the media should have led to a major move by the leadership, the NEC and all sections of the Party to condemn and deal with signs of antisemitism in the Party. Instead there appears to have been an assertion among supporters of Jeremy Corbyn, including on the NEC and amongst the membership, that the issue was being exaggerated to undermine…

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Hedge Fund Labour: why is the party of the NHS now receiving money from private health investors?

In Whose Interests?

Keir Starmer and Wes Streeting among Labour MPs with funding from private health donors

During 2015-2019, the Labour Party was firmly against NHS privatisation and distanced itself from New Labour’s health policies such as PFI and increased outsourcing to the private sector. But since early 2020 the party’s shadow ministers have stopped condemning NHS privatisation and privateer donors have returned.

Read on for a summary of Labour’s donor links to the private health industry.

Keir Starmer

Keir Starmer’s register of interest shows that the donors bankrolling his leadership bid in 2020 included hedge fund managers, investment bankers and industry moguls. One of these was Martin Taylor who donated £95,000. Martin Taylor was the founder and CIO of Nevsky Capital, a hedge fund that held significant stakes in Gazprom and Lukoil, and $15 million of shares in private health giant UnitedHealth, as revealed by The Bureau of Investigative…

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