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Ken and Pam settle legal case; EHRC, Labour and Campaign Against Antisemitism pay costs

Ken Livingstone and Pam Bromley.

The basis in which the Equality and Human Rights Commission said the Labour Party committed unlawful harassment of Jewish people has been undermined after a court challenge was settled.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission’s report on anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, when it finally appeared in late October 2020, stated that it could find only two instances in which Labour members had broken the law – involving Ken Livingstone and Pam Bromley.

Mr Livingstone and Ms Bromley launched a judicial review of this finding in January 2021 – and that has now been settled out of court in a humiliating climbdown, not only for the EHRC but for the Labour Party and so-called charity the Campaign Against Antisemitism.

You see, it was the EHRC that made the offer for a settlement.

Here’s the Morning Star:

The two politicians accepted a deal offered by the EHRC, in which each side withdraws from the case and bears its own costs.

Mr Livingstone and Ms Bromley said in response to the settlement offer: “We believe that, deep down, the EHRC understands that its investigation was flawed and that it acted unlawfully.

“That’s probably why they were willing to settle the case without recovering a penny of their exorbitant costs.”

[They said:] “We were worried that the purpose and effect of the EHRC report would be to shut down criticism of Israel by giving credence to false accusations of anti-semitism.

“Rather than fighting this case for potentially another year or more, we believe we need to refocus our resources on tackling the Israel lobby’s current efforts to stifle pro-Palestine speech in schools, universities and other sectors.”

It is understood the EHRC legal costs were over £215,000, while the Labour Party and the Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) also spent tens of thousands of pounds in legal fees.

Mr Livingstone’s and Ms Bromley’s costs amounted to £35,000 and were funded from a fighting fund established at the end of 2019 by former Labour MP Chris Williamson from the costs he won from the Labour Party.

The EHRC has said that it stands by its report.

But it is a claim that doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. If the EHRC was so sure its investigation and the report that followed it was correct, then why make an offer to settle the matter before any of the evidence has been heard?

Why deny the Labour Party – and the Campaign Against Antisemitism, that got involved for reasons that escape This Writer – the opportunity even to have their say?

If you’re sure of your facts, then wouldn’t the only reason you’d withdraw from a court case be if you could extract a statement from the other side that they were wrong?

That clearly hasn’t happened.

Draw your own conclusions.

Source: Livingstone and Bromley offered settlement after challenging EHRC over anti-semitism allegations | Morning Star


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MP attends Syrian refugee event – after voting to bomb their country

Photo opportunity: Tory MP Glyn Davies poses with some of the people who may have been uprooted from their homes and country because he voted to support airstrikes there [Image: County Times].

Glyn Davies has no reason to be proud of Powys County Council’s support for Syrian refugees – for all he knows, it was his vote to bomb their country that caused them to come here at all.

Mr Davies was one of 397 MPs who voted to support “military action, specifically airstrikes, exclusively against ISIL in Syria” on December 2, 2015.

The strikes may have been aimed at terrorists but these things have a tendency to produce knock-on effects. Refugees arrived in the UK as a result of the ongoing conflict in that country – a conflict in which, thanks to Mr Davies’ vote, the UK has been a willing participant.

And then he turned up at the Royal Welsh Showground, speechifying about how great it is that we are providing new homes for people we uprooted from theirs in the first place.

I don’t think it is any cause for pride. I think it may be simply what we owe them.

Powys politicians are proud to be supporting former Syrian refugee families, who are starting new lives here in Mid Wales.

On Monday, August 14, 150 Syrian people came together at Llanelwedd for a picnic and fun day.

The event, hosted on the Royal Welsh Showground and organised by Powys County Council Housing Service, was an opportunity for the families to meet each other and to share their experiences.

Glyn Davies, MP for Montgomeryshire, congratulated Powys County Council on its inspiring work to resettle Syrian refugees in Newtown and elsewhere within the county.

Glyn Davies MP said: “I feel proud of our county council’s commitment to the resettlement of Syrian refugees who have been accepted into the UK, following the devastating conflict in the Middle East.”

Read more if you can bear it: Powys proud to be helping former refugees from Syria


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Fraud lawsuits relating to Trump University settled for $25m – but it doesn’t disprove guilt

Former students who filed the suit said they were lured by false promises to pay up to $35,000 to learn Donald Trump’s real estate investing ‘secrets’ [Image: Bebeto Matthews/AP].

Former students who filed the suit said they were lured by false promises to pay up to $35,000 to learn Donald Trump’s real estate investing ‘secrets’ [Image: Bebeto Matthews/AP].

Settling a lawsuit out of court doesn’t disprove a case against a defendant, you know.

That’s especially true if the defendant said – as Donald Trump did, in March this year – that he never settles lawsuits out of court.

I’ve seen a few tweets about this that should put the case into context. Here’s just one:

Fair enough?

Donald Trump has settled fraud lawsuits relating to Trump University for $25m, removing a legal headache despite having pledged to fight the cases to the bitter end.

Lawyers for the president-elect settled the three lawsuits on Friday, averting the prospect of him testifying in a courtroom showdown which threatened to reveal more troubling details about the now defunct real estate course.

Source: Donald Trump settles fraud lawsuits relating to Trump University for $25m | US news | The Guardian

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