THE Jewish Labour Movement has called in police to investigate “certain financial matters” just a week after chairman Jeremy Newmark stood down.
Mr Newmark left his post “to enable him to act in a clear and individual capacity” following an investigation into expenses he claimed during his time as chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council.
JLM national secretary Peter Mason, in an email to members, wrote: “Over the past week we have taken steps to ensure that our financial governance meets the high standards that you as members will expect.
“As part of that process, we have initiated an external review of our accounting and procedures, as well as taking legal advice.
“In order to ensure full transparency, openness, and to protect the integrity of the movement, we have referred certain internal financial matters to the police for investigation.
“In these circumstances it would not be appropriate for us to make any further comment at this time.”
Mr Newmark declined to comment. Mr Mason continued: “While the JLM chairman is the spokesperson of our movement, the decisions we take, the strategy and work programme of the movement have always been the responsibility of the NEC.
“The NEC held an emergency meeting to take stock of the last few days, and will meet again in March.”
There is no suggestion that the JLM investigation involves Mr Newmark.
The Jewish Leadership Council has announced it will establish an independent committee to review all the allegations surrounding Mr Newmark.
A retired judge will be appointed to lead it once the Charity Commission has given its approval.
The JLC said it was beginning an in-depth review of its handling of Mr Newmark’s departure in 2013.
JLC chief executive Simon Johnson said: “We have decided to appoint an independent review committee to reassure our members and the community at large.
“We are committed to ensuring that this process is run independently, with integrity and in conjunction with the Charity Commission to ensure it is comprehensive.”
The review will also be supported by two specialists in accountancy and charity who, together with the rest of the committee, will be responsible for agreeing the terms of reference after deliberations with the Charity Commission.