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EHRC board member hit by probe

A BOARD member at the government’s equality watchdog is under fire for “liking” or “retweeting” Twitter posts that described the words misogynist and homophobe as “highly ideological propaganda terms.”

Alasdair Henderson, who led the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) inquiry into anti-semitism in the Labour Party this year, has promoted posts criticising Black Lives Matter protesters, the Guardian reported.

He also “liked” a tweet decrying “offence-taking zealots” who accused philosopher Roger Scruton of anti-semitism, Islamophobia and homophobia, as well as one by Douglas Murray, associate director of the Henry Jackson Society, who once called for immigration of Muslims to Europe to be banned, according to the newspaper.

The EHRC report, published last month, stated: “The Labour Party failed to investigate anti-semitism complaints based on likes, retweets and shares on social media.”

The watchdog has pledged to look into Mr Henderson’s use of social media.

He is one of nine commissioners of the EHRC and has been on its board since 2018.

While commissioners are political appointments, the watchdog is an independent body set up “to encourage equality and diversity, eliminate unlawful discrimination and protect and promote the human rights of everyone in Britain.”

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