Michael Foster

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Born 1958
Religion Jew
A donor of heavy money to the Labour Party.

Employment.png Co-CEO

In office
May 2010 - May 2013
Employer The Rights House

Employment.png Founder

In office
February 2008 - May 2010
Employer MF Management

Employment.png Partner

In office
March 2006 - February 2008
Employer All3Media

Employment.png Director

In office
July 2003 - March 2006
Employer UMTV

Employment.png Partner

In office
May 2001 - June 2003
Employer Artists' Rights Group

Employment.png Managing Director of Content

In office
September 1999 - February 2001
Employer Carlton Communications

Employment.png CEO

In office
December 1997 - September 1998
Employer Ginger TV

Employment.png Co-Chairman

In office
June 1995 - December 1997
Employer ICM Talent Agency

Michael Foster is a millionaire showbiz agent who, as Managing Director of Content at Carlton Communications from September 1999 to February 2001, worked alongside David Cameron, the media company's Director of Corporate Affairs, during the time Cameron purchased Central TV to prevent their Cook Report documentary on Westminster paedophiles from being aired.[1][2][3]

Having joined the Labour Party and donated more than £400,000 to the party since 2010,[4] Michael Foster was unsuccessful in standing at the 2015 General Election as Labour's prospective parliamentary candidate for the Cornish constituency of Camborne and Redruth, coming second to the Conservatives with 11,448 votes (25%).[5]

On 14 August 2016, Foster explained in The Mail on Sunday why he, as a Jewish Labour donor, despises the party leader Jeremy Corbyn "and his Nazi stormtroopers":

"Oppose them as a Jewish donor and the riposte from Seumas Milne, Corbyn’s mouthpiece, is that you are part of a Blairite, Right-wing ‘conspiracy’ (the ancient racist rhetoric is that Jews don’t act alone, the malevolent Jew always conspires) to destabilise the democratically and legitimately elected leader."[6]

Two petitions were raised to have the millionaire expelled from the party:

Foster was eventually suspended on 7 September 2016.[7]

Standing at Islington North

On 19 May 2017, Michael Foster announced on Facebook he would be standing for election as Islington North's MP in the UK/2017 General Election "because he recognises that Jeremy Corbyn is unelectable and is damaging to Labour." Foster continued:

"Together we must redeem Labour from the ineffective hands of a few far left Corbynista's and return Labour to its 12 million voters, creating a Labour Government which can make the social changes our society so desperately needs.
"To help achieve this is simple; Do Not vote for Jeremy Corbyn on June 8th ~ Vote for Michael Foster."[8]

On 29 May 2017, Simon Ivons-Anforth commented on Facebook:

"I find it weird that you worked at Carlton Communications with David Cameron and you both left the company at the same time in 2001.
"I find it strange too that you moved into a job that was a production company set up by Elisabeth Murdoch (the daughter of Rupert Murdoch) straight afterwards.
"The Labour Party suspended you for likening Jeremy Corbyn’s team to "Nazi stormtroopers" in an article you wrote for the Mail on Sunday.
"You mounted a legal challenge against the decision by Labour’s National Executive Committee to automatically nominate Corbyn in the last leadership contest.
"And now you want to run against Jeremy Corbyn in his own borough as a last ditch attempt to try to discredit him.
"With your personal and work connections, your insults to a party leader and your ideology... You frankly offend me, sir!"[9]

Results

At the General Election, Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party achieved a remarkable 12,874,284 votes (40% of the turnout and just behind the Tories on 42.45%).

At Islington North, Jeremy Corbyn was re-elected with 40,086 votes (increasing his majority by 12.7%); of the ten candidates, Michael Foster came sixth with 208 votes (0.4%) and lost his deposit.[10]

Heckling Corbyn

In October 2015, Michael Foster was reported to have heckled Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at a Labour Friends of Israel event. Foster told The Times:

“I find it difficult to understand how the leader of the British Labour party, when he has spent the party conference talking about decency, respect for human values and human rights, kindness and a new way of conducting politics, can appear on a platform in front of 250 or 300 Jewish people . . . and cannot find in his lexicon of words at that meeting, the word Jew, Jewish, the UK Jewish community or the word Israel. That is not leadership.”[11]

He appeared on the BBC Daily Politics programme on 2 October 2015 to explain his behaviour.[12]

Conflation of Zionism and Judaism

In April 2016, Michael Foster joined the commercially-controlled media smear campaign against Jeremy Corbyn in a Daily Mail article headlined "Ignorant, Godless, Hateful - Corbyn's contempt for Jews is a disgrace":

The word Zio for those not used to the language of the young is not a shortened reference to a Zionist but slang for Jew.

There are many Anglo Jews like me; yes of course we worry. History tells us we are not wrong to do so. I am the first male in four generations going back to 1860 who has not yet been driven from their country of birth by political anti-Semitism.

Those of us who are committed socialists, committed supporters of Labour, will fight both for the Labour cause of justice and fairness in our society. We won’t be defeated by ignorance, hate and a godless totalitarian black-and-white view of the world that so many on the Labour Left possess.

As for anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, it will recede when the party has strong leadership and not before. That’s the litmus test for Jeremy Corbyn.[13]

Legal challenge

In July 2016, Michael Foster took legal action against Labour's general secretary Iain McNicol, challenging the NEC's decision of 12 July 2016 that the incumbent leader is automatically included in the contest. NEC members had wrestled with legal advice for six hours over whether Mr Corbyn would need to secure the support of 20% of Labour MPs and MEPs (51 nominations) but voted 18-14 that he should automatically be on the leadership ballot.

As Michael Foster sought to reverse this decision by the NEC, Jeremy Corbyn requested to be added to the proceedings as second defendant in the High Court case.[14] The Claimant, Foster, had sought to argue that Mr Corbyn’s interests were adequately represented by the Labour Party. Judge Dr Victoria McCloud accepted, however, in a reserved Judgment, that:

“This case will lead to a decision of significance both for Mr Corbyn and for the country at a time of what I have referred to as ‘turbulence’ following the EU Referendum vote.”

Master McCloud observed that:

“It struck me during the hearing that whilst there is no suggestion that such was a deliberate effort to hinder Mr Corbyn’s interests in the manner in which the direction for the final hearing was obtained, it cannot help relations or trust between the parties that the Defendant agreed to the Claimant’s application for an expedited hearing without making the point firmly that a hearing listed after the cut off date for nominations could prejudice the leader of the Party’s interest and potentially affect the ability of members of the Party to be able to vote for him if they so wish. That fact also in my Judgment illustrates the risk that there is that, howsoever inadvertent, Mr McNicol may well overlook points which it would be in Mr Corbyn’s interests to make.”

The hearing of the substantive challenge took place on 26 July 2016. Martin Westgate QC and David Lemer acted for Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP. Mark Henderson acted for Iain McNicol, the General Secretary of the Labour Party, sued on behalf of all members of the Labour Party (other than the Claimant and Mr Corbyn).[15]

In his three-page judgement on 28 July 2016, Mr Justice Foskett concluded that the decision of the NEC was correct and that Mr Corbyn was entitled to be a candidate in the forthcoming election without the need for nominations.[16] The Judge awarded both defendants their costs which means that Michael Foster must pay Corbyn's legal costs and the Labour Party's costs.[17]

 

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