Starmer was pressed earlier on the fact that the EHRC found a specific example of the Labour leader’s office under his predecessor interfering in a complaint relating to comments by Jeremy Corbyn about a mural featuring antisemtic tropes.
Before referring to the mural, the EHRC report stated: “We have concluded that this practice of political interference was unlawful. The evidence shows that staff from the Leader of the Opposition’s Office (LOTO) were able to influence decisions on complaints, especially decisions on whether to suspend someone.
“Sometimes these decisions were made because of likely press interest rather than any clear formal criteria.”
Citing an example of such interference, from April 2018, it referred to Corbyn’s alleged support for the mural.