| Jeremy Newmark |
Campaigned to have Ken Livingstone expelled from the Labour Party
Jeremy Newmark is the former Labour Party candidate for Finchley and Golders Green at the UK/2017 General Election on 8 June 2017, coming second to the Conservative Mike Freer.
Jeremy Newmark is the disgraced former chair of the Jewish Labour Movement; former CEO of the Jewish Leadership Council and was spokesman for the former UK Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.
Upon his selection as candidate in 2017, Newmark said:
“I will fight against a reckless extreme Tory Brexit and I will work tirelessly to let local people know that this election is a choice between a Labour Party that will stand up for local people or a Conservative Party that only looks after the privileged few.
“The Tories have overseen the biggest cuts to our public services in a generation. The NHS and social care are in crisis. Schools in Barnet are threatened with budget reductions of £500 per pupil.
“The Conservatives have closed every police station in the constituency and removed nearly 200 police officers and PCSOs from Barnet, putting our safety at risk.”
Jeremy Newmark was at the forefront of the campaign within the Labour Party calling for the expulsion of former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone after his comments suggesting Adolf Hitler once supported Zionism.
Unpaid taxi fares
In a letter seen by the Jewish Chronicle, dated February 2016, Jeremy Newmark agreed he owed £3,000, and promised to pay the debt in instalments. He claimed the delay had been due to health problems he had suffered.
However, until this week, the taxi driver, Mr Yatziv, had received no payment. When contacted on Monday, Mr Newmark said it was unclear how much he owed and had been waiting for invoices and receipts from Mr Yatziv. He also contended that he had already paid part of the bill, which had been unacknowledged by the driver.
But, by Wednesday, Mr Newmark, who came within 1,700 votes of winning the Finchley and Golders Green seat for Labour in this year’s general election, appeared to have had a change of heart.
In an email to Mr Yatziv, dated November 15, Mr Newmark wrote:
- “Further to ongoing discussions over an extended period I confirm that we have transferred funds to you today bringing total sum paid to 2/3rds [£2,000] of the amount that you have claimed.” He added that the outstanding balance would be transferred on receipt of a “full set of tax compliant invoices”.
Mr Yatziv said he had been hired by Mr Newmark when he visited Israel both in a professional capacity and for family holidays.
Mr Newmark was employed by the Jewish Leadership Council at the time but resigned in October 2013, leaving Mr Yatziv unable to contact him.
Mr Yatziv said:
- “One day I told him: ‘Listen, the account, it’s getting more and more’ and he told me that he would be travelling to the United States, and he would then transfer the money.
- “After one month, two months, I called to the JLC office. They told me Jeremy Newmark had stopped working there. And that he was sick.”
The Jerusalem-based driver, who served for 30 years in the IDF, said he could not understand why Mr Newmark had failed to pay up for such a long period:
- “I don’t know why he did it. I gave him service, he used me — why didn’t he give me the money? You’re a big shot, running for Parliament in London. It’s a shame.”
|Document:Labour Party exclusions: we need justice for the many not just for the few||Article||2 March 2018||David Rosenberg||The Labour Party's departing General Secretary Iain McNicol has done everything possible to delay or prevent the implementation of the Chakrabarti Inquiry Report which needs to be the central focus of our campaigning right now, if we are going to win justice for the many suspended and excluded by Labour, not just for the few.|
|Document:Why, as an avowed Corbynista, I will consider *not* voting Labour on June 8||Article||6 May 2017||Daniel Margrain||I have never voted tactically in the past, but given Newmark’s dubious Zionist credentials, I propose to do so in the General Election on June 8th|
- ↑ "UK election 2017" - The Guardian
- ↑ "Jewish Labour Movement reports 'financial matters' to police"
- ↑ "Jeremy Newmark on Twitter"
- ↑ "Finchley and Golders Green: Leader of Jewish Labour to challenge Mike Freer for Barnet seat"
- ↑ "Guardian Prints Letter from 572 members/supporters of the Labour Party Defending Ken Livingstone"
- ↑ "Jeremy Newmark in row over £3,000 taxi fares"