Jewish Labour Movement leader is a fraud, it seems. What will the Labour Party do with him?

Jeremy Newmark: JLM leader accused of multiple deceptions [Image: PA].

It seems I was right to refuse ‘training’ at any workshop run by the Jewish Labour Movement under Jeremy Newmark, don’t you think?

The evidence suggests he’s a liar and a crook and I wouldn’t give tuppence for my chances if I put myself anywhere near a situation controlled by him and his cronies.

The big question with regard to this story is, why did the bosses of the Jewish Leadership Council cover up the alleged actions of Mr Newmark. It seems to indicate that they were complicit in attempts to defraud charities out of their money.

What do the London Jewish Forum and Chabad think of this?

And why did Labour allow Mr Newmark to rise to become a Parliamentary candidate for the party after his involvement in an organisation where he had close ties with a man who is now the Conservative Party’s chief executive?

I understand that cross-party working is sometimes necessary but I question this association.

Mr Newmark is also known to have perjured himself at an employment tribunal hearing, and there is also the question of a £3,000 taxi fare he is said to have avoided.

All in all, Mr Newmark seems an extremely shifty character, doesn’t he?

An internal audit into the conduct of Jeremy Newmark while he was chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council reported that he deceived the organisation out of tens of thousands of pounds and misled charities about the cost of projects he worked on.

The JC has obtained a devastating report into the alleged actions of Mr Newmark — who is currently chair of the Jewish Labour Movement and narrowly failed to win the Finchley and Golders Green seat for Labour at last year’s general election — between 2006 and 2013.

Details of the 2013 investigation have remained undisclosed for the past five years. But now the JC can reveal that Mr Newmark was alleged to have:

  • Billed thousands of pounds of “inappropriate” personal expenses to the JLC — including holidays in Israel and VIP transport for himself, his wife and their children
  • Withdrawn thousands of pounds of unaccounted for cash on JLC credit and debit cards while failing to provide receipts to justify this expenditure
  • Leased a new BMW car worth £46,000, paid for by the JLC, to which he fixed his own personal number plate — and then attempted to have his wife insured on the vehicle
  • Employed his wife’s fundraising and events consultancy firm, Secure Prospects, to run a JLC-backed educational project, paying the company more than £36,000 — in spite of concern expressed by the governors of two leading Jewish schools that the project was not being properly managed
  • Misled communal charities, including the London Jewish Forum and Chabad, over the true cost of projects in an attempt to secure larger donations
  • Attempted to cover up possible financial irregularities by blocking communication between the JLC and its auditors, after staff became suspicious about his conduct.

In order to avoid a scandal, the JLC’s trustees decided to keep Mr Newmark’s alleged behaviour secret and not inform the police.

The trustees — including former chairman Sir Mick Davis, who is now chief executive of the Conservative Party, and property tycoon Leo Noé — accepted Mr Newmark’s resignation on the grounds of ill health after his seven-year long stint at the helm of the charity.

When presented at the time with the evidence of the internal investigation, Mr Newmark is understood to have acknowledged that the picture it painted “did not look good”. But the JLM chair, who was elected as a local councillor in Hertsmere last year, has consistently denied any wrongdoing and insisted he left the JLC because he was suffering from diabetes. He had been diagnosed with the condition six months before his departure.

In a statement to the JC on Wednesday, Mr Newmark, 45, denied that he had misused JLC funds or claimed inappropriate expenses.

He also denied any wrongdoing surrounding the commissioning of his wife’s consultancy firm for a JLC project or the leasing of a £46,000 luxury car.

Source: Revealed: how Jeremy Newmark deceived the Jewish Leadership Council out of thousands of pounds – The Jewish Chronicle

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11 thoughts on “Jewish Labour Movement leader is a fraud, it seems. What will the Labour Party do with him?

  1. Robert Jenkins

    Jeremy Newmark certainly “doesn’t look good” (to use his own words).

    What will the Labour Party do with him, you ask.

    Probably nothing, for fear that they might be accused of “anti-semitism”.

    And on the subject of ‘re-training’, I fail to understand why it is considered appropriate that only adherents of a particular ethnic or religious group should be in charge of ‘education’ on ethnic or religious issues relating to that same group.

    Just as I fail to understand why any political party should charge one faction of its own membership with the task of ‘re-educating’ people assumed by said faction to be from a rival faction about anything, let alone issues as patently controversial as relating to a particular ethnicity or religion.

    I am not aware of any other political party with a rule-book as convoluted as to make provision for such arcane divisions of labour as this — and all under the same ‘broad church’ roof! It all seems deliberately designed to foment and widen divisions of Labour itself !

    [Background: After 50 years of voting “least worst” just to kick or keep out tories, I was encouraged in late 2015 by the Corbyn phenomenon to join the Labour Party. Weeks prior to the May 2016 council elections my local Labour candidate was suspended (=deselected) for “anti-semitism”, a decision by the regional office which remains unexplained to this day. My questions regarding this blatant injustice were ignored. I left the party in disgust and will not rejoin.]

  2. G Millward

    I would hope that Labour would deal with any investigation into Mr Newmark and Labour councillers who appeared to know about the cover up (I know the name of one but will not be naming them as unlike those who have trolled Mike, I believe in natural justice) in a fair and even handed way.

  3. Vlad Trotsky

    Given Sir (yuk) Mick Davis is the chief executive of the Conservative Party, and Newmark a Labour councillor of some status/ notoriety, it begs the question what influence Davis may have been exerting as hush money.

  4. rotzeichen

    This person has a chequered history, why has he been allowed to get away with it. Who is behind him or protecting him?

  5. Florence

    While understandable, I would always urge people to stay as members of the party. I take the view that if you want change, you have to be willing to he part of it. That isn’t possible from outside the party, and it leaves fewer to carry the burden of reform.

  6. bbbarabas

    Mike, you’re so right in publishing this git “Newmark’s”, bent wrong doings!
    They, those of the Jewish and right ilk, are fast off the mark to label yourself as an anti semitic!
    They are in such denial, when one of their own, “Newmark”, doing his worse in their party and ours, to discredit us all!
    If the executive don’t investigate this scab on humanity, then we are truly lacking in decency and morality!

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Don’t refer to those who are attacking me as being “those of the Jewish ilk” please – there are plenty of Jewish people who don’t think I’m an anti-Semite.

      1. Frank Fisher

        Well said, Mike. However the scatter-gun false accusations of antisemitism by Newmark and his cronies, makes it more difficult to single out the real antisemitism of those like bbbarabas, who accuse ALL Jews on the basis of the action of one or a few.

  7. Tony Greenstein

    Jeremy Newmark is Jewish, embezzlement, fraud is often associated with Jews – therefore this is another anti-Semitic trope! see

    we have a letter calling on McNicol to suspend the fraud – if u want to sign please give your CLP only for Labour Party members and let me know at

    [email protected]

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