Ex-Labour staffer who appeared on BBC debate SUSPENDED by employer after Hitler outburst
A FORMER Labour Party legal assistant who was chosen to question the Tory leadership candidates during last night’s BBC TV debate has been suspended by his law firm after an outburst about Adolf Hitler's legacy was exposed.
Aman Thakar, a former Labour Party legal assistant and candidate for councillor who was brought into the party to deal with cases of anti-Semitism, was suspended by his current employer, Leigh Day Solicitors, following the discovery of a controversial tweet Mr Thakar posted in February. The tweet read: “Hitler’s abuse of the term nationalism is, to me, a nationalist, the most harmful part of his legacy.” Adolf Hitler’s legacy includes the killing of six million European Jews and the triggering of the Second World War conflict.
Mr Thakar appeared on the BBC Tory leadership debate on Tuesday night accusing the Tory candidates of having no democratic mandate to lead the country.
A Leigh Day spokesman said: “We can confirm that Aman Thakar is currently a solicitor at Leigh Day in our employment department.
"We have been made aware of a tweet which we are taking very seriously. Mr Thakar has been suspended with immediate effect from the firm whilst we carry out an internal investigation into these matters.”
During the BBC debate, Mr Thakar asked: “In the event that you become Prime Minister, you’re only going to be voted on by your parliamentary colleagues and 100,000 Conservative Party members.
“And you have no mandate from the people. So, in the event that you become Prime Minister, when will you do the right thing and call a general election?”
Since the debate, Mr Thakar has been found to be a former Labour Party council candidate, and have previously worked for the Labour Party on its own investigation on anti-Semitism.
Mr Thakar was brought in by Labour peer Shami Chakrabarti to help close down anti-Semitism cases in the party.