MP ‘WAS NOT LIS­TEN­ING’

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS -

LABOUR’S Shadow Hu­man Rights Min­is­ter Andy Slaugh­ter said he was “not lis­ten­ing” when Sir Ger­ald Kauf­man made his con­tro­ver­sial com­ments last week.

But the Ham­mer­smith MP went on to re­fer twice to what Sir Ger­ald had said when he made his own speech min­utes later.

Mr Slaugh­ter was sit­ting three seats from Sir Ger­ald dur­ing the Pales­tine Re­turn Cen­tre event.

When the shadow min­is­ter spoke he said drone strikes showed the Is­raeli gov­ern­ment would “take any­body out, young peo­ple, could be peo­ple who are just go­ing about their or­di­nary busi­ness, and then, as Ger­ald said, fab­ri­cate, in­vent a rea­son as to why you land a drone strike or you then shell, or what have you”.

He also re­ferred to part of Sir Ger­ald’s speech about Con­ser­va­tive MPs and said: “Ger­ald was right to say that there is lit­tle — lit­tle but very good — sup­port from the Tory benches. We had about 40 Tory MPs, 30 or 40 who voted for the Pales­tinian recog­ni­tion.”

Fol­low­ing the out­rage over Sir Ger­ald’s re­marks, Mr Slaugh­ter ( be­low) re­peat­edly dis­tanced him­self from the com­ments. His spokesman said on Mon­day that the shadow min­is­ter “was not lis­ten­ing to Sir Ger­ald’s speech be­cause he was pre­par­ing his own re­marks and was un­aware of the com­ments in ques­tion un­til raised by the JC. “Mr Slaugh­ter did ac­knowl­edge Sir Ger­ald in his speech but did not en­dorse those

com­ments.”

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