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Harlow MP Robert Halfon lodges complaint against Tory Peer

Politics / Thu 16th Aug 2018 at 09:04am

HARLOW MP Rob Halfon and colleague Zac Goldsmith have written to the Conservative Party Board to issue a Code of Conduct complaint against Lord Sheikh.

They say:

“Our Party Chairman, The Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP, has noted the disgraceful nature of this conference in his powerful article in the Daily Mail where he rightly condemns the attendance of the Leader of the Opposition at the same conference.

“We cannot, as a Party, rightly and robustly criticise the Leader of the Opposition for his attendance at this conference while allowing the attendance of a Conservative Peer at the same event to pass without comment or complaint.

“To do so would be to indulge in hypocrisy and double standards. In our opinion, Lord Sheikh’s attendance at this conference was hugely disappointing and raises significant questions that need to be answered. These include whether Lord Sheikh is in contravention of the Code.

Full letter

Dear Sirs,

Conservative Party Code of Conduct for Conservative Party Representatives (“The Code”)

Complaint against Lord Sheikh

We write to make a complaint against Lord Sheikh under the Code.

Background

Our complaint concerns Lord Sheikh’s attendance at a conference in Tunisia that took place in 2014 – as confirmed by his Register of Interests where it states:

“Visit to Tunisia, 29 September – 2 October 2014, to attend conference in Tunis at invitation of President of Tunisia; cost of flights and three nights’ hotel accommodation was paid by Government of Tunisia”

Yet, this was no ordinary conference. The evidence suggests that this conference was addressed by anti-semites, and terrorists. An alleged terror chief from Hamas reportedly said that violence was “magnificent”. Other speakers are said to have included Sabagh al-Mukhtar, who appeared as a witness in the trial of Abu Hamza before he was deported from Britain. It even featured a wreath laying ceremony to the murderer of Munich.

Our Party Chairman, The Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP, has noted the disgraceful nature of this conference in his powerful article in the Daily Mail where he rightly condemns the attendance of the Leader of the Opposition at the same conference.

In his article, Mr Lewis wrote:

“Through both his attendance at the event . . . Corbyn has exposed himself as unfit for senior public office, never mind his position as the official Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition.”

Mr Lewis was also right to describe Mr Corbyn’s attendance at this conference as “beyond the pale.”

Grounds for complaint under the Code

We cannot, as a Party, rightly and robustly criticise the Leader of the Opposition for his attendance at this conference while allowing the attendance of a Conservative Peer at the same event to pass without comment or complaint. To do so would be to indulge in hypocrisy and double standards. In our opinion, Lord Sheikh’s attendance at this conference was hugely disappointing and raises significant questions that need to be answered.

These include whether Lord Sheikh is in contravention of the Code. The Code applies to Conservative Representatives, including Conservative Members of the House of Lords – like Lord Sheikh. The Code includes requirements that Conservative Representatives:

1.

Are Selfless and act solely in term of the public interest;

2.

Objectivity – holder of public office must act fairly and on merit, without discrimination or bias

3.

Leadership – lead by example to foster respect and tolerance – not to use their position for harassment or discrimination against others. This includes on the basis of religion or belief

Attending a conference where speakers included anti-semites, terrorists and other persons who are the enemies of the UK, would not fit within the definition of selflessness. Nor could objectivity have credibly been maintained. Equally, we do not believe Lord Sheikh could conceivably be said to have fostered respect or tolerance through his attendance at this conference, given its agenda and speakers. Specifically, attending such a conference does nothing to combat the scourge of anti-semitism. Quite the reverse.

We note that the Code says in no way should anything in the Code interfere with an elected representative carrying out his or her duties and exercising his or her judgement in relation to his or her work. Lord Sheikh is, of course, not elected so this provision does not apply to him.

Finally, we stress this is not a vexatious or malicious complaint, but one motivated by deep, genuine and long standing alarm at the rise of anti-semitism.

We therefore request that you immediately commence an investigation under the Code into Lord Sheikh on the grounds set out in this letter.

Yours faithfully,

Robert Halfon MP

Zac Goldsmith MP

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3 Comments for Harlow MP Robert Halfon lodges complaint against Tory Peer:

MickyB77
2018-08-16 13:37:24

About time that this deceitful pair, and probably one or two others should be brought before the authorities, to explain their reasons for attending such a gathering. Well done to RH and ZG.

Logic4u
2018-08-20 19:32:51

I didn't think that Mr Halfon knew how to write! Never once has he written back to me after having written to him.

MickyB77
2018-08-21 17:09:13

Latest on Corbyn and his very strange 'friends', from The Holy Lands, suggests that he's yet again, lied and wheedled, and that he thinks all forms of violence are deplorable, but, Jewish resistance in defending THEIR home-land, amounts to murder of these down trodden Palestinian fanatics.He's as twisted as a crate of eels, along with his mates.

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