Former OULC co-Chair kicked out of Labour

first_imgOxford NUS delegate and former OULC co-Chair David Klemperer has been excluded from the Labour Party.In an email chain seen by Cherwell, the Labour Party Compliance Officer describes the Notice of Poll in Oxford showing “a David Klemperer having nominated a LD [Liberal Democrat candidate] in Carfax ward” in the recent City Council elections.The candidate nominated by Klemperer was Harry Samuels, a fellow Oxford NUS delegate who has campaigned strongly for Oxford to disaffiliate from the NUS.Alex Chalmers, who sparked the anti-Semitism scandal in OULC, would also have been suspended from the PartyNominating candidates from other parties is contrary to Labour Party rules. The Party has sent Klemperer a letter informing him of his suspension and leaving him 14 days to appeal.A spokesperson of the Party confirmed this information and told Cherwell, “The Labour Party has written to David Klemperer and an investigation is currently underway.”Alex Chalmers, the former OULC co-Chair who resigned in February over concerns of anti-Semitism in the Club was also named in the email chain seen by Cherwell.Describing Chalmers as one of the “two who instigated the anti-Semitism row at OULC,” the emails confirm that Chalmers would also have been suspended from the Labour Party had he not already cancelled his membership of the Party just “a few days after he resigned as co-Chair of OULC”.Public records show that Chalmers, like Klemperer, also nominated Harry Samuels as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Carfax ward.The controversy comes just days after the release of Baroness Royall’s investigation into anti-Semitism in OULC, which found no evidence of “institutional anti-Semitism” in the Club.Controversially, however, the details of alleged individual incidents of anti-Semitism in OULC were withheld from publication in the report. The full details of the investigation into the individual instances of antisemitism are expected to be published in the coming months as part of the Chakrabarti report.No individuals have yet been suspended from the Labour Party as a result of Royall’s investigation.last_img read more

Minister of State briefs Taoiseach on ’11-out-of-10′ scale Inishowen flooding

first_imgMinister of State Kevin Boxer Moran brief An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on the Inishowen flooding crisis this afternoon.Longford-Westmeath TD Moran, Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, attended an emergency meeting of the Inishowen Municipal District in Carndonagh today.Moran was joined in Inishowen last night by Shane Ross, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, while the Minister for Employment and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, is expected to visit the peninsula tomorrow following the announcement today that her office is setting up a Humanitarian Assistance Scheme for flood victims. “Whatever measures have to be taken, we have to put that into co-ordination,” Minister Moran said in Carndonagh.“This is on a scale that if you are going from one to ten, this 11. That is how bad the scale of it is up here at the present time.“To see people go in and carry belongings out of their houses, that was terrible to see.“I am so used to seeing the hardship of flooding, but not of the scale I saw yesterday. I have never seen anything like this. This is all new. This has to be brought to the Government. “The funding has been announced this morning. We have never been found wanting in terms of flooding. This is something that I have never seen, on this scale.“My office is open. I don’t want this to be a political debate. We want this to be about helping people.”While funding has been promised, no figure has been put on the allocation to Inishowen as officials and experts continue to assess the scale of the widespread damage that has devastated the area.Five main locations in Inishowen were rendered as impassable following the flash flooding on Tuesday evening: at the Three Trees, Cockhill Bridge, Craignahorna, Riverside and Gortaran.Cockhill Bridge and Gornaran have since reopened, while the road at the Three Trees is to reopen with single-lane traffic. Council staff were still working today to repair damage to a bridge at Craignahorna, but the road at Riverside, on the road between Quigley’s Point and Carndonagh, remains impassable as a bridge has been totally washed away.Brendan O’Donnell, a Senior Engineer with Donegal County Council, said: “The damage here was unprecedented. We had one incident where if we had 30 loads of stone, it still wouldn’t have filled the hole. It wasn’t just about a surface being washed away. We have no estimate of the cost yet.”Fianna Fail TD, Charlie McConalogue, who also attended this morning’s emergency meeting, said: “The key challenge now is dealing with it and get things back up and running. Inishowen has got the brunt of this. It is quite localised, but it is a scale that we’ve not seen before. It is not just a matter of helping and doing emergency repair work – it is a matter of the breadth of the response.”Minister of State briefs Taoiseach on ’11-out-of-10′ scale Inishowen flooding was last modified: August 25th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Brendan O’DonnellCarndonaghCharlie McConalogueCockhill BridgeCraignahornaDonegal County CouncilFLOODINGGortaran.InishowenInishowen FloodingKevin Boxer MoranMinister Joe McHughRiversideThree Treeslast_img read more