Video: in 2019, EHRC told BBC it wouldn’t allow anyone with conflict of interest to take part in Labour probe. This week it defended its director who failed to disclose donations to Tories

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Only last year, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission’s own chief executive questioned its independence and criticised its chair for refusing to ‘take a public position’ on key issues embarrassing to the Tories.

When the BBC approached the EHRC for comment, it claimed it took its ‘independence and impartiality very seriously’ and that it would not allow:

anyone with a conflict, or perceived conflict, of interest to take part

in its investigation into the Labour Party.

Today, it defended a director whose failure to declare substantial donations to the Tories was exposed by Newsweek:

The EHRC has repeatedly refused to investigate anti-Muslim bigotry in the Conservative party – in spite of huge evidence presented by the Muslim Council of Britain – and the testimony of whistleblowers from within the Tory party.

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