My fight against Rachel Riley’s libel accusations and the groundswell of rage against the BBC’s hugely biased and unfair Panoramadocumentary, Is Labour Antisemitic?, have their roots in the same issue.
You can tell that they are related because the so-called whistleblowers who put their heads above the parapet to accuse Labour of anti-Semitism are now suing that party for libelling them in its response – using the same lawyer Rachel Riley hired to pursue me: Mark Lewis.
Labour’s response stated: “It appears these disaffected former officials include those who have always opposed Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, worked actively to undermine it and have both personal and political axes to grind. This throws into doubt their credibility as sources.”
If the party has evidence to support these claims, then they form a perfectly reasonable statement of opinion.
The status of these people as whistleblowers will be highly contentious as they have to fulfil certain criteria to qualify. Whistleblowing may be done to employers who have a policy on such matters; by seeking legal advice; or by telling a “prescribed” person or body that deals with the issue they are raising.
It seems unlikely that a BBC reporter will be among the “prescribed” people dealing with issues relating to anti-Semitism, although I am prepared to be proved mistaken if necessary.
To close the circle: I was the victim of allegations of anti-Semitism. During the course of an 18-month-long investigation, details of the claims against me were leaked to the press several times, including a false accusation of Holocaust denial for which The Sunday Times had to make a lengthy correction earlier this year.
Developments to do with the controversy over the BBC documentary lead me to believe that my details may have been leaked by one of the former Labour employees quoted by Panorama.
If this is true, then there can be no claim that the provision of that – false – information to a third party was justified. This also calls into doubt all the other information that was used, eventually, to expel me from the Labour Party.
I have already contacted Labour, seeking clarity on this matter.
If you were offended by the claims aired in the BBC documentary, and you want to do something to make your feelings known, then may I strongly suggest you contribute to my campaign fund to fight Ms Riley’s libel claim against me?
There is a strong connection between the false anti-Semitism accusations made by the former Labour employees and the false anti-Semitism accusation that lies at the heart of Ms Riley’s claim against me. Note that Mr Lewis is the solicitor in both matters.
A victory for me will give all those people second thoughts.
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