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Labour youth report taken over after "smear" antics

LABOUR bosses have shelved a report into allegations of anti-semitism because it was written by the boyfriend of a student politician at the centre of a smear scandal, party sources have told the Morning Star.

The development comes after rightwinger Jasmin Beckett beat James Elliott by 0.16 per cent to a seat on Labour’s national executive committee amid claims that some delegates had been prevented from voting.

Ms Beckett was caught attempting to link her left-wing rival to recent allegations of anti-semitism in his university’s Labour club.

Club chairman Alex Chalmers resigned last month, saying some members of the club had “some kind of problem with Jews.”

But in an email to a Daily Mail journalist seen by the Star, Mr Chalmers said that Mr Elliott was not implicated.

Despite that, Ms Beckett encouraged supporters to accuse Mr Elliott of anti-semitism in an online Facebook conversation.

An official complaint accuses her of breaching rules that prohibit candidates from disparaging opponents and “knowingly allowing others to do so on her/his behalf.”

Following Mr Chalmers’s resignation, Labour Students announced an investigation into his claims, reportedly led by its national chairman Michael Rubin.

But the completed report has not been published — with the investigation instead handed over to Labour peer Lady Royall.

Now screenshots of the Facebook conversation show Mr Rubin’s girlfriend, University of Leicester Students Union president Rachel Holland, endorsing Ms Beckett’s suggestion that her supporters circulated a Times article in which Mr Elliott was accused of anti-semitism.

One party insider told the Star: “The Labour Students report hasn’t been published because it’s a crap report written by someone whose girlfriend was busy stirring up a smear campaign.”

A statement on the Labour Students Facebook page said the organisation had “completed its investigation into allegations of anti-semitism” and “passed the report over to the party,” quoting a Labour spokesman saying that it was now in the hands of Lady Royall.

Officials at the weekend conference refused requests for a manual recount of the national executive youth seat vote, which was counted electronically.

Just a single vote could have swung the result and activists allege that at least nine delegates who supported Mr Elliott were excluded from participating.

Nottingham Trent Labour Club’s five-strong delegation was ruled out on the grounds that it had registered too late and officials refused the club’s request to check correspondence postmarks.


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