Following the leaked report, an external, independent investigation into the circumstances and contents of that report was announced by Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner. Its terms of reference, and the membership of the independent panel chaired by Martin Forde QC, were subsequently discussed and approved by the NEC.
The independent panel – also known as the Forde Inquiry – then appointed an independent secretariat to assist it with the administrative support and day-to-day management of the inquiry. The secretariat is solely instructed by the independent panel and is there to assist in its work.
As part of its work, the Forde Inquiry is issuing a call for evidence and views from individuals affected by the leaked report, as well as any other individual who may wish to make a submission in respect of its terms of reference.
The call for evidence can be found here. The Forde Inquiry wants to hear from individuals or Labour Party members and affiliated organisations. The Forde Inquiry has asked us to inform you of this and ask you to pass on to members that any evidence should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Friday 24 July 2020.
If you have questions about this call for evidence or the wider investigation, the Secretariat can also be contacted by email on email@example.com . Please do not contact the Labour Party with these queries – as the panel is independent of the Labour Party, they are best placed to answer any such queries. You may also visit their website at https://www.fordeinquiry.org/.