INSIDE THE NCC
A member of Labour’s disciplinary body who argued against expelling Ken Livingstone over his comments about Hitler and Zionism has written a series of pro-Palestinian articles, writes Lee Harpin.
Russell Cartwright, who was one of the panel of three Labour national constitutional committee representatives who decided the fate of Mr Livingstone, is also a member of the activist group, the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy, which has close links with the hard-left Momentum organisation.
A source told the JC: “Russell Cartwright seems to have been quite obsessed with the issue of Palestine at the time he was involved with the website Scoop.it!
“It is clear he has very strong proPalestinian sympathies. One would think you would have to declare any interest before ruling on an issue such as Mr Livingstone’s claims about Zionism and Hitler.”
Mr Cartwright’s articles include some promoting a boycott of Israel — and another suggesting Israel was discriminating against African immigrants.
The JC has learned that Mr Cartwright repeatedly claimed that the hearing itself “brought Labour into disrepute”.
Several senior Labour figures also told the JC they would be looking further into the appointment of Mr Cartwright to the panel.
Ken Livingstone at Church House, Westminster, London, on his way to the disciplinary hearing