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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!

“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

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