Lord Levy still has se­cu­rity pro­tec­tion

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY AN­SHEL PF­EF­FER

SIX­TEEN MONTHS af­ter end­ing his role as the Prime Min­is­ter’s en­voy to the Mid­dle East, Lord Levy con­tin­ues to have se­cu­rity pro­tec­tion. He was last week seen trav­el­ling to syn­a­gogue ac­com­pa­nied by a body­guard.

Cab­i­net min­is­ters and se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials do not nor­mally con­tinue hav­ing of­fi­cial pro­tec­tion af­ter they leave their po­si­tions, with the ex­cep­tion of the Prime Min­is­ter and, dur­ing the “Trou­bles”, for­mer North­ern Ire­land Sec­re­taries.

Lord Levy was Tony Blair’s en­voy to the Mid­dle East for nine years but ended his role last June when Mr Blair re­signed.

The JC un­der­stands that Lord Levy’s pro­tec­tion is pro­vided by the Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust fol­low­ing a joint threat as­sess­ment with the Home Of­fice. The orig­i­nal de­ci­sion to sup­ply pro­tec­tion was based not only on his diplo­matic po­si­tion but on an­ti­semitic com­ments di­rected to­wards him due to his in­volve­ment in Labour Party fund­ing and the cash-for-hon­ours in­quiry. The body­guards are nor­mally sup­plied by the CST.

Lord Levy re­fused to com­ment, as did the CST. The Home Of­fice said: “We never com­ment on mat­ters of se­cu­rity.”

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