Up­roar spreads to Manch­ester

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

THE ROW over Michal Kamin­ski’s al­liance with the Con­ser­va­tives has spread to Manch­ester, where Labour’s Bury South MP Ivan Lewis has called on his Tory elec­tion op­po­nent to con­demn the part­ner­ship.

Mid­dle East min­is­ter Mr Lewis wrote to Michelle Wise­man, the Con­ser­va­tive prospec­tive par­lia­men­tary can­di­date for the con­stituency, say­ing she had “a duty to act” against Mr Kamin­ski and his col­league Roberts Zile of the Lat­vian Fa­ther­land and Free­dom Party. Mr Lewis at­tacked David Cameron’s de­ci­sion to form the al­liance and said Ms Wise­man should ob­ject in the name of peo­ple such as Mr Lewis’ grand­fa­ther, who was killed fight­ing for Bri­tain in the Sec­ond World War.

In his let­ter he wrote: “As you know, many of my con­stituents bravely fought fas­cism in the Bri­tish forces dur­ing the last war, some sur­vived the hor­rors of the Holo­caust and oth­ers are fam­ily mem­bers of sur­vivors.

“In their name I urge you to con­demn this in­vi­ta­tion and call on David Cameron to break off th­ese links with ex­trem­ist right-wing par­ties.”

But Ms Wise­man at­tended the Con­ser­va­tive Friends of Is­rael lunch with Mr Kamin­ski dur­ing last week’s party con­fer­ence in Manch­ester.

She said she would not be re­spond­ing to her op­po­nent in writ­ing. “I think the let­ter was just mis­chief-mak­ing by Ivan re­ally. There is no proof of the al­le­ga­tions Ivan is mak­ing against Mr Kamin­ski.

“Mr Kamin­ski was a guest at the CFI lunch and they would not en­dorse him if he was not a per­son on Is­rael’s side. Ivan needs to come up with some hard ev­i­dence.”

Ivan Lewis

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