Labourlet MPof­fwith are­buke

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

NO FUR­THER ac­tion will be taken against Labour MP Sir Ger­ald Kauf­man fol­low­inghis­claim­sthat“Jewish­money” in­flu­ences Tory pol­icy to be pro-Is­rael.

The JC un­der­stands Labour of­fi­cials con­sider the mat­ter closed af­ter last week’s meet­ing be­tween the party’s chief whip, Rosie Win­ter­ton, and Sir Ger­ald to dis­cuss his re­marks.

Sir Ger­ald had also al­leged that Is­rael “fab­ri­cated” terror at­tacks in or­der to ex­e­cute Pales­tini­ans.

Labour Party gen­eral sec­re­tary Iain McNi­col wrote to eight party MPs who had called for for­mal dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings, as­sur­ing them there would be “no fur­ther rep­e­ti­tion” of the re­marks.

One West­min­ster source said party leader Jeremy Cor­byn’s re­buke last week, in which he called the re­marks “un­ac­cept­able and deeply re­gret­table”, had come too late, but was the best the Jewish com­mu­nity could ex­pect.

Boardof Deputiespres­i­den­tJonathan Arkush and chief ex­ec­u­tive Gil­lian Merron met Ms Win­ter­ton at her re­quest to dis­cuss the is­sue.

Jewish lead­ers asked Labour MP Andy Slaugh­ter for clar­i­fi­ca­tion of re­marks he made speak­ing af­ter Sir Ger­ald at the Pales­tine Re­turn Cen­tre meet­ing.

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