Lord Ahmed Resigns From Labour Party!

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Lord Ahmed Resigns From Labour Party
Race Row Resignation Letter in Full

Dear Mr Wilson (National Constitution Committee of the Labour Party Secretary)

I have been considering my position over the weekend and have concluded that I should resign from the membership of the party forthwith and so I do. However, I wish to set out briefly reasons for.

I am being held to account following a publication in the Times of an interview alleged to have been given by me some two years ago to a Pakistani Anchor based in Pakistan. I do not recall when this interview was held where this interview was held and nor the person who carried out this interview. All I know is what has been reported in the Times. I reject the core story that emerges out of the alleged interview. It is noteworthy that the only evidence before the National Constitution Committee against me is the Times’ reporting and the translation of the purported transcript of the film. With regard to the offending film I submit NEC of the Labour Party has expressly admitted and I quote “it did not have the firm or video of the interview, reported by the Times and other media”.my decision to resign which I have taken with heavy heart:

In the premises, my solicitor, Steve Smith requested the Times to give disclosure of the footage of the film which is the only evidence against me to enable me to get it forensically tested. In response, my solicitor has one email from the Times promising that this would be disclosed to us. My solicitor indicated to the Times that we wished to have the film forensically examined and had indeed made arrangements for this to be carried out, then the Times backed out and declined to give disclosure of the film. One would then ask “if the film was accurate in its contents and nothing was taken out of context why would the Times be reluctant to disclose it to me.

I believe that justice of the case demands that the film of the interview should be subjected to forensic test in order to search for the truth of the matter. This has been denied to me.It is also quite plain that the Party has not made any independent inquiry before suspending me or even fixing the disciplinary hearing on 15th May 2013.Then the next evidence NEC is relying upon at the proposed disciplinary hearing is the translation of the purported transcript of the alleged interview. I and my solicitor, Mr. Smith has examined it. My solicitor has pointed out to NEC that the said translation has many gaps [inaudible] which put its credibility in issue. I believe it will be against the rules of natural justice to decide my political career in the Labour Party on the basis of the flawed evidence.

Moreover, there is extrinsic evidence which suggests that the translation could not truly be representative of what I have ever said and believe. My past record sufficiently bears this out. I was misquoted by the Daily Telegraph. However, following investigation by the Press Commission my position was vindicated by a finding in my favour. Only very recently my photograph was published in a Pakistani newspaper in which I was alleged to have been greeted by a certain politician there with whom I have had no contact whatsoever for the last 3 years. I was not even in Pakistan at the time and date when it was ascribed to me.

It is somewhat sinister that because of my pursuit of the inquiry of a murder of a Pakistani politician in the streets of London, there are elements in Pakistan who bears grudge against me and might it be the brain child of such elements to temper with the footage of the alleged interview. It is my honest belief that only by deliberate editing of the film unscrupulously such a story has been created and attributed to me to malign me as a member of the Labour Party and member of the House of Lords.

I therefore believe that in the absence of the forensic evidence of the offending video, a fair minded person having known of all the facts of this case would observe that I will not get a fair hearing of the complaint against me. Yet, I am at pains to point out that NEC is going ahead with the disciplinary hearing on 15th May 2013 solely on the basis of the reporting in the Times and the flawed translation of the transcript of the alleged interview.

I may add that much has been made of my “apology” which was published in the Huffington Post. I have made it quite clear previously and do so again that the apology was made without prejudice to my primary position as stated above and to assuage any feelings of antagonism that may been created against me that if at any time I may have said anything inadvertently I wanted to apologise for that. Needless to say that I have many Jewish friends and I felt it was important and necessary to do this.

I am most concerned that the Party which has freedom and justice as it core value and which I endear for decades is content to proceed against me on the basis of incredible and untested evidence. That in deed leads me to believe that the decision might have already been made. In the circumstances I seem to have no alternative but to resign from the Labour P\arty. I do not wish to unnecessarily provide bad press for the Party and/or do anything that would alienate voters from the Party having been a loyal supporter and servant of it for decades.

I will conclude by saying my thanks to the Labour Party – the Party I have served for nearly four decades. I wish it well in the forthcoming elections and whilst I may be resigning my heart will always be with the Party.

I will remain,

Yours very sincerely,

Lord Nazir Ahmed.

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8 thoughts on “Lord Ahmed Resigns From Labour Party!

  1. I see no mention of Lord Ahmed resigning from his £300 per day-Tax Free- Lords attendance allowance (plus expenses)
    His actions remind me of certain Police Officers; easier to resign with a pocketful of cash and then start delaying tactics hoping memories fade and journalists integrity called into question.(I agree not all journalists are pure and honest)

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  2. I do feel so sorry for this innocent man! I’ve resigned from the Labour Party BUT I’ve done nothing wrong. I apologised to the Jewish people for saying what I did BUT I’ve done nothing wrong. I killed a man on the M1 Motorway after I had been concentrating on sending a text BUT I’ve done nothing wrong. This poor man says he has done nothing wrong for far too long now. Now is the time to sling him out of the House of Lords for good, if we don’t, he’ll continue abusing the privileges this country affords him with his publicly funded trips back home etc.

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  3. Labour party activists in Rotherham were gobsmacked when he was given the peerage in the first place – no one I know has ever worked out how and why he was..

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  4. >>>Read the content of the link and then explain how both statements by Ahmed can be combined to give us a single truth.

    He quite clearly said in that interview that it was not him, he didn’t say those things and that the tape had been doctored:

    “I want to make sure that no Jewish, Christian or Muslim friend is embarrassed by my action. I take full responsibility [for that TV interview] and that is why I have come out very openly and apologised.”
    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/03/26/lord-ahmed-interview_n_2954621.html?1364468003

    Oh, wait . . .

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  5. rothpol: you’re surprised he can find the House of Lords! If you care to check his attendances you will see that he has one of the best records for claiming his £300 per day plus travel costs. He doesn’t have any problem finding it and there’s absolutely no chance of him resigning from the HOL. The man has been involved in more suspensions than Albert Pierrepoint he is clearly not a fit person to be involved in any way with parliament, just as Asbo Akthar is not a fit person to be involved with either the Council, or the Police and Crime Panel.

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