Me­dia black­out as Lord Levy re­turns

The Jewish Chronicle - - Front Page - BY LEON SY­MONS

IN HIS first pub­lic ap­pear­ance since be­ing told he would not face charges at the end of the 16-month “cash for hon­ours” in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Lord Levy ad­dressed a full house at the Ox­ford Union on Tues­day — with no me­dia per­mit­ted to sit in.

Tony Blair’s chief fundraiser drew an au­di­ence of 200.

There was one awk­ward mo­ment when a stu­dent asked whether he was con­tem­plat­ing le­gal ac­tion against news­pa­pers which had writ­ten crit­i­cal ar­ti­cles about him dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The peer replied sim­ply that he had not read the news­pa­per re­ports, and that it was now time to move on.

On the Mid­dle East peace process, Lord Levy said the only in­flu­ence Bri­tain would have was through the Euro­pean Union or Amer­ica. It could not ex­ert in­flu­ence act­ing alone.

An­swer­ing a ques­tion on the fu­ture of po­lit­i­cal-party fund­ing, he said he be­lieved there should be a cap on do­na­tions to po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

Oth­er­wise, Bri­tain would go the way of Amer­ica where the party with the most money wins. That would not be good for democ­racy.

He cocked a snook at his hosts by crit­i­cis­ing the Union for its in­vi­ta­tion to Holo­caust de­nier David Irv­ing and Bri­tish Na­tional Party chair­man Nick Grif­fin to a de­bate about free speech later this month.

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