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Leaked Labour report shows Riley libel case is based on a falsehood

This is not a good look for Rachel Riley:

Her tweet refers to a threat by her lawyer, Mark Lewis, to sue people publicising the leaked Labour Party report on how its officers handled (or rather, didn’t) accusations of anti-Semitism by members.

The substantive revelation is that Labour’s leadership – especially Jeremy Corbyn – was not at fault in its attempts to handle the issue; it was hampered by right-wing officials who deliberately acted against their instructions in order to make Corbyn look incompetent, thereby putting the public off voting for him and ensuring that he could not form a government.

The report does not accuse anybody of anti-Semitism who had not been accused already – although, as officials acting against Corbyn failed to act on many of those accusations, it could be argued that their inaction indirectly supported anti-Semitism.

So Mr Lewis, by threatening to sue people who are making a fuss about this report’s revelation, is acting against the interests of anybody who is genuinely concerned about anti-Semitism; he is supporting people who suppressed investigations, and he is supporting their treachery.

Or so it seems to me.

Ms Riley, by publicly supporting him with a claim that he is “suing nasty Jew-haters” – when he isn’t, is pushing a false narrative that brings into question much of her own behaviour – including her libel case against This Writer.

The case arose because I had pointed out that Ms Riley had caused extreme distress – both directly and by encouraging others – to a teenage girl who had defended Mr Corbyn.

Ms Riley’s claim was that Labour was doing nothing about accusations of anti-Semitism by party members. Because the teenager said she did not believe Corbyn was responsible for this, Ms Riley attacked her on Twitter and her tweets encouraged others to do the same – to the point where the girl reported that she had received death threats.

The Labour report shows that, if the party machine was doing nothing, this was nothing to do with Mr Corbyn.

So, if the report is accurate (and I have reason to believe it is), the basis on which Ms Riley attacked the girl was false.

Has she apologised?

No! She has doubled down by claiming the information in the report is false and anybody publicising it must be an anti-Semite (even though they are pointing out how anti-Semitism was allowed to happen within the Labour Party because of the inaction of party officers). How perverse!

At least, that’s what I take from this tweet.

If I’m right, her lawsuit is based on a falsehood. She had no justification in attacking a teenage girl in the way she did, and therefore no reason to accuse me of libel, for pointing out what arose from Ms Riley’s behaviour.

But she has accused me, and her court case will succeed if I don’t have the funds to defend myself. Ms Riley is very rich and I am not. From the start, I have made it clear that I think she hopes to win – not because she is right, but because she can afford an expensive court case and she knows that I cannot; at least, not on my own.

So I have to rely on others to help me bring my defence to court.

If, having read the above, you would like to help, there are a few things you can do:

Please consider making a donation yourself, via the CrowdJustice page.

Email five of your friends, asking them to pledge to the CrowdJustice site.

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On Twitter, you could tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

On other social media platforms, please mention the campaign there, quoting the appeal address.

We now have evidence that Ms Riley’s case is founded on a falsehood. Don’t let her win because of her wealth.

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.

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If you hated the BBC’s biased anti-Semitism doco, support Mike’s libel fight!

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.

So:

If you haven’t done so already, please email five of your friends, asking them to pledge to this case.

You could also post a link to Facebook, asking your friends to pledge. Again, the address is https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/

If you’re on Twitter, you could tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

And if you can afford it, please consider pledging some more cash yourself.

If you believe in justice – and you think it is being subverted – then it is time to make a difference. Your donation could do that.

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.

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‘Top’ libel lawyer ridiculed all over Twitter after threatening tweets

Presumably Mark Lewis thought it was a good idea to approach people like me with messages on Twitter threatening us with court action.

He was wrong. But I bet he makes the same mistake again.

On the evening of February 20, I got home from a hospital trip with Mrs Mike and her mum to be greeted with the following messages:

That last comment was a good idea because I had no intention of responding at all.

What kind of lawyer contacts his intended victims on Twitter?

The wrong kind, apparently. I took a bit of legal advice, which may be summed up in this short Twitter (again) thread by Shaun Lawson:

So there were no grounds for legal action in the original behaviour of the people being contacted (I had written my own article, followed with a piece about the kind of people who support Ms Riley and Ms Oberman – based on their own tweets, so it’s still not actionable) – and Mr Lewis was apparently trying to trap us and provoke us into something actionable.

No thanks!

I noticed activity on my Twitter feed had picked up and checked it out. Some of it was from the usual stormtroopers* of the anti-Semitism witch-hunt, but it very quickly became clear that these were being ignored.

Instead, other Twitter users were responding to the threat against me by reporting Mr Lewis to both Twitter itself and the Solicitors Regulation Authority, which had already fined him £2,500 for a previous transgression:

https://twitter.com/j43kfr05t/status/1098319656027328517

Some pointed out that Mr Lewis was apparently trying to bully minors:

https://twitter.com/LabLeftVoice/status/1098344677563133953

After a while, the ridicule took on a festive tone. People were really enjoying taking down this alleged expert:

https://twitter.com/JOShUAkANE013/status/1098347604059045888

https://twitter.com/rdudley55/status/1098647231505276931

Perhaps the most embarrassing part of this is that some in the mainstream media have taken all this seriously.

The Guardian reported: “The Countdown presenter Rachel Riley and former EastEnders actor Tracy Ann Oberman are preparing legal action against up to 70 individuals for tweets relating to their campaign against antisemitism in the Labour party, according to the pair’s lawyer.

“Mark Lewis, who made his name representing phone-hacking victims, said he is contacting people who have either posted allegedly libellous claims about his clients or repeatedly sent them large numbers of messages, which he says is tantamount to harassment.”

Wrong way round. If I recall correctly, they were doing the harassing.

“At the end of last year he and his partner moved to Israel, citing the level of antisemitism in Europe.”

https://twitter.com/saeed6ali/status/1098562045820186624

Perhaps this is a serious attempt at using the law to bully perfectly decent people, but it is clear that the people behind it cannot be taken seriously.

I’ll take it seriously when I see a reason to do so. Right now, I don’t.

*If anyone wants to claim anti-Semitism because mention of “stormtroopers” calls the Nazi variety to mind, be assured that no such comparison is possible. Nazi stormtroopers were successful in the horrible things they did – at least, during the first few years they were around.


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