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Labour general secretary and 2017 campaign manager Andrew Kirton. Picture / Audrey Young

A wide-reaching review into the Labour Party’s handling of sexual assault allegations is expected to take up to three months and every member of the party will be contacted in the process.

Labour’s general secretary Andrew Kirton released the terms of reference of the review on Monday, which will be carried out by solicitor Maria Berryman who specialises in sexual abuse investigations.

While the party’s policies and procedures will be scrutinised on the whole, and in particular Young Labour events, there will be no investigation or findings about the specific sexual assault allegations at the Waihi summer camp last month.

[…] Kirton and the wider party have accepted blame for not seeking professional help for the victims fast enough and Labour has been criticised for choosing not to inform parents, the police or the prime minister about the incident.

On Wednesday police launched an investigation into the alleged assaults.

The review will consider whether policies and procedures were applied correctly in respect of the summer camp and whether they met the party’s objective of providing a safe environment for members and participants.[…]

Do they really need to pay a lawyer to investigate for three whole months to conclude that it wasn’t a safe environment?


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