The suspension, pending investigation, of Jeremy Newmark, ex-Chair of the JLM

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Justice Demands that Jeremy Newmark of the JLM is Suspended Forthwith Pending an Investigation

Over 200 members of the Labour Party have signed a letter to  the NEC and Iain McNicol, General Secretary of the Labour Party, demanding that Jeremy Newmark, former Chair of the Jewish Labour Movement, is suspended. 

Letter from 216 Members to Labour's National Executive Committee - Suspend McNicol NOW

Serious allegations of fraud and theft have been made against Newmark, the former Chair of the Jewish Labour Movement.

Revealed: JLC audit reports Jeremy Newmark deceived it out of thousands of pounds

It appears that the real reasons for Newmark’s departure in 2013 from his role as Chief Executive of the Jewish Leadership Council were not ill-health but alleged fraud.  Apparently Newmark was forced to resign after being confronted with the results of an internal audit into the JLC’s finances which alleged that he had defrauded them to the tune of tens of thousands of pounds. The Jewish Chronicle alleges that the JLC trustees covered up the real reasons for Newmark’s departure.  An internal audit alleged that “it appears to be standard practice in the JLC to falsify information relating to finance”. 

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These allegations, if true, cannot help but damage the reputation of the Labour Party.  We cannot accept the reasons given by McNicol for refusing to suspend Newmark, namely that this is a ‘private’ matter and that Newmark ‘strongly denies’ the allegations.  If the allegations of fraud against a charity are true then they are anything but private.

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Of course Mr Newmark denies the allegations.  We wouldn’t expect anything else.  That is why he should be suspended, like thousands of other Labour Party members, pending an investigation.

No one has played a more important role in the witch-hunt of socialists in the Labour Party than Newmark.  Newmark and his Zionist friends reacted to the left victory in the recent NEC elections and the replacement of Anne Black as Chair of the Disputes Committee by demanding that the expulsion of socialists be stepped up. 

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Last year there was an inkling of what had previously occurred when the Jewish Chronicle broke a story on how Newmark had avoided paying an Israeli taxi driver some £3,000.

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On February 9th Newmark reluctantly resigned as Chair of the JLM.  Now he must also be suspended from the Labour Party pending investigation.  There cannot be one rule for most people and another for friends of McNicol. We know that McNicol has always been reluctant to suspend opponents of Jeremy Corbyn and conversely eager to suspend or auto-exclude those who are his supporters.

We demand an end to these double standards.


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