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The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY LEE HARPIN

THE BAR­RIS­TER who de­fended Ken Liv­ing­stone in last week’s hear­ing over his com­ments about Hitler and Zion­ism has been crit­i­cised after a tweet from his cham­bers ac­count de­scribed MPs who sup­port Is­rael as be­ing “part of the prob­lem”.

Michael Mans­field QC also ad­vised Jeremy Cor­byn dur­ing a le­gal chal­lenge over Labour’s lead­er­ship elec­tion last sum­mer.

The com­ment was posted on the Mans­field Cham­bers ac­count on the same day the JC re­vealed Labour Friends of Is­rael was launch­ing a £1.35 mil­lion fund for co-ex­is­tence projects be­tween Is­raelis and Pales­tini­ans.

The tweet on Oc­to­ber 26 last year read: “UK MPs sup­port for Is­rael ig­nore the fact that they are part of the prob­lem not the so­lu­tion.”

The mes­sage, which has since been deleted but has been seen by the JC, in­cluded the hash­tag “#LFInot4­peace” — a ref­er­ence to LFI’s an­nounce­ment on the same day of the “For Is­rael, For Pales­tine, For Peace” ini­tia­tive.

In a state­ment, Mr Mans­field said: “I did not write this and was un­aware of it… The ac­count has been closed down be­cause my cham­bers has merged with another set. I per­son­ally do not en­gage with Twit­ter, and I do not have a Twit­ter ac­count my­self.”

He added: “I would not wish to crit­i­cise a project of this kind un­less there was a fail­ure by its pro­po­nents to ad­dress the fun­da­men­tal po­lit­i­cal le­gal and eco­nomic in­equal­i­ties which con­tinue to be­set the Pales­tinian peo­ple.”

An­gry mod­er­ate Labour MPs are un­der­stood to have in­cluded the tweet in what they call a “dossier of bile”, out­lin­ing ex­am­ples of ha­tred since Ken Liv­ing­stone was first sus­pended from the party last April.

Mean­while Mr Liv­ing­stone faces a sec­ond probe into his out­bursts since he was first sus­pended from the party. The Sun on Sun­day re­vealed former party ac­tivist An­drew Lav­ery had made a for­mal com­plaint to po­lice ac­cus­ing the former Mayor of Lon­don of in­cit­ing racial ha­tred against Jews. Scot­land Yard con­firmed it was in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

Labour will also launch a sep­a­rate in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the work­ings of the party’s Na­tional Con­sti­tu­tion Com­mit­tee (NCC), its high­est dis­ci­plinary body, after the JC re­vealed one mem­ber of the panel rul­ing on Mr Liv­ing­stone’s case was

Ken Liv­ing­stone a mem­ber of a hard-left fac­tion who had ex­pressed pro-Pales­tinian views. Party chiefs fear the de­par­ture of the Mike Creighton, Labour’s former direc­tor of au­dit and risk man­age­ment, weeks be­fore the NCC held its hear­ing into Mr Liv­ing­stone left the dis­ci­plinary panel with­out an ef­fec­tive su­per­vi­sor. Last week the JC re­vealed Rus­sell Cartwright was one of three NCC panel mem­bers who de­cided against ex­pelling Mr Liv­ing­stone. Mod­er­ate Labour MPs have now con­tacted Iain McNi­col, Labour gen­eral sec­re­tary, to ex­press “se­ri­ous con­cerns” over Mr Cartwright’s pres­ence on the NCC.


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