Jennie Formby - commissioned the report ...
Peter Walker has noted of the proposed inquiry into the report and its leaking “While the terms and timescale of the inquiry have yet to be unveiled, several MPs on the left of the party have argued that it should be clearly independent; some want a hiatus in top-level appointments. While no names have been mentioned this will be seen in part as a reference to mooted attempts to remove the party general secretary, Jennie Formby”.
... Keir Starmer has inherited the headache
Had this been some exercise in factionalism and retribution, as is being suggested elsewhere, this would not have been a particularly fruitful way to proceed. Nor was there any intent to break into anyone’s WhatsApp group. And here we come to the stupidity problem: the WhatsApp conversations were effectively gifted to the report’s authors.
Why so? “In one case a senior Labour staffer had sent themselves their entire WhatsApp conversation history by email - so the researchers were able to access group chats of colleagues at Labour HQ discussing their opinions about Corbyn and Labour’s performance at the 2017 general election”. Thus the stupidity problem in one.
If you have a work email account, it’s no more than a statement of the bleeding obvious that you do not, repeat do not, repeat DO NOT put anything in it other than work-related material - knowing that it could be accessed as part of any investigation or audit process.
Without those people, there is no Labour Party. That is why we need answers.