Labour’s new antisemitism legal advisor met with alleged antisemitic member

Labour’s new in-house legal advisor appointed to oversee antisemitism cases has been described as “a man I like and trust” by high-profile member accused of antisemitism.

Labour announced its appointment of Gordon Nardell QC as it’s new in-house counsel on Friday. Nardell will now oversee the party’s disciplinary process, with antisemitism cases forming a key test of any new procedures.

But files from an investigation into antisemitism in the Palestine Live Facebook group reveal that Nardell is regarded as a friend by Elleanne Green, one of the most high-profile cases of alleged antisemitism yet to be dealt with by Labour

Elleanne Green was placed under investigation in 2017 after antisemitic comments she had made came to light, including evidence she had shared a story claiming “Zionists” are “killing children and stealing children to sell them on the black market”.

Now evidence has emerged that Green reacted to the news of Nardell’s appointment by calling him “a man I like and trust, also a non-Zionist Jew”. In what could constitute a potential conflict of interest, she adds that “he has already seen my letter to the Labour Party as I copied him in a week or two ago”.

Some of Green’s older Facebook posts appear to show her at a dinner with Nardell, and another recounts a conversation with him in Westminster saying “always good to talk with him”.

Nardell is also a former member of the National Committee of far-left group the Labour Representation Committee chaired by John McDonnell, which recently posted a statement saying that former London Mayor Ken Livingstone was the victim of a “witch hunt” over his comments that Hitler “was supporting Zionism”, something the LRC said was “not remotely antisemitic”.

The revelations will raise questions over whether Nardell is fit to oversee antisemitism cases ahead of the party’s self-imposed July deadline for dealing with them.

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