LORD LEVY DID NOT BE­TRAY LABOUR — LABOUR BE­TRAYED HIM

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Your cor­re­spon­dents who at­tacked Lord Levy’s “be­trayal” of Labour ( Let­ters, May 16) would ap­pear to be suf­fer­ing from po­lit­i­cal am­ne­sia, hence their for­get­ting that Labour be­trayed him.

The party’s elite were only too pleased to ex­ploit him as a front-man in their du­bi­ous fundrais­ing op­er­a­tions while the go­ing was good. But when awk­ward ques­tions be­gan to be asked about the meth­ods they had au­tho­rised him to em­ploy on their be­half, they saw him as an eas­ily ex­pend­able scape­goat and swiftly dis­tanced them­selves from him, leav­ing him to take the flak alone.

But let us not “labour” un­der any delu­sions. What re­ally up­sets those cor­re­spon­dents is that His Lord­ship has, through his mem­oirs and in re­cent TV in­ter­views, re­vealed the ugly re­al­ity be­hind Labour’s care­fully wo­ven veil of “spin” and de­ceit; a sit­u­a­tion about which they have am­ple cause for anx­i­ety. Steven R Har­vey Chea­dle, Cheshire

His Hon­our Bar­ring­ton Black be­gins his sec­ond at­tack on Lord Levy ( Let­ters, May 16) with the state­ment, “Ge­of­frey Al­der­man only fol­lows the trend by hurl­ing pub­lic in­sults” and then au­da­ciously closes his let­ter by him­self per­son­ally in­sult­ing Lord Levy as be­ing “some­one with­out true po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence or in­tel­lect”.

There is an old adage that says, “A man will be judged by his deeds”.

I couldn’t help pon­der­ing on what Lord Levy and His Hon­our Bar­ring­ton Black are most likely to be re­mem­bered for, in the full­ness of time.

I sus­pect that Lord Levy’s her­itage will be his un­stint­ing work and per­sonal fi­nan­cial help to Jewish Care.

His Hon­our is more likely to be re­mem­bered for the de­risory com­ments made on the in­ter­net and in the press when he sen­tenced a bur­glar with 262 con­vic­tions to a sev­enyear jail sen­tence plus an ASBO or­der which re­quired the bur­glar to seek per­mis­sion be­fore he en­tered any stranger’s home. Ron Gold­stein Cock­fos­ters, Barnet, Herts EN4

I re­fer to His Hon­our Bar­ring­ton Black’s let­ter in which he com­ments that Lord Levy is with­out “true” in­tel- lect. In my ca­pac­ity as head­teacher of JFS School for sev­eral years un­til 2007, I worked closely with Lord Levy, who is its pres­i­dent. Through­out that time, un­til the present, I as­so­ci­ated with a num­ber of lead­ing aca­demics and in­tel­lec­tu­als and have al­ways found Lord Levy’s in­tel­lect to be most im­pres­sive. Dame Ruth Robins Lon­don NW1

Michael Levy did not over­see the merger be­tween the Wel­fare Board and the Blind So­ci­ety which cre­ated Jewish Care, nor was he the new char­ity’s first chair­man ( JC, May 16).

A ba­sis was agreed in 1988 for the merger of the or­gan­i­sa­tions and this was im­ple­mented in 1989.

Dur­ing 1989 Michael Levy was in­vited to take up a po­si­tion on the board with re­spon­si­bil­ity for fundrais­ing and this he did from 1990 with dis­tinc­tion.

I was ap­pointed first chair­man of the new char­ity. David Lewis suc­ceeded me in 1991 and Michael Levy suc­ceeded him in 1992 as the third chair­man of Jewish Care. Jef­frey Green­wood Lon­don NW3

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