Now ex-Labour HQ worker is SUSPENDED by his law firm employer over Hitler tweets

A former Labour Party worker who quizzed the Tory leadership contenders on the BBC last night has been suspended from his job at a law firm over a tweet about Adolf Hitler.

A post by Aman Thakar about the Nazi leader was unearthed after he was exposed as a former Labour employee and the party’s Southwark council candidate in 2018. 

The tweet, posted in February, read: ‘Hitler’s abuse of the term nationalism is, to me, a nationalist, the most harmful part of his legacy.’ 

Critics quickly pointed out today that Hitler’s legacy included the killing of six million Jews and triggering the Second World War.

Aman Thakar (pictured) who questioned if the candidates had a democratic mandate, has been revealed as a Labour Party council candidate in 2018 in Southwark, and worked at Labour headquarters investigating anti-Semitism

Aman Thakar (pictured) who questioned if the candidates had a democratic mandate, has been revealed as a Labour Party council candidate in 2018 in Southwark, and worked at Labour headquarters investigating anti-Semitism

Aman Thakar (pictured) who questioned if the candidates had a democratic mandate, has been revealed as a Labour Party council candidate in 2018 in Southwark, and worked at Labour headquarters investigating anti-Semitism

The tweet, posted in February, read: 'Hitler's abuse of the term nationalism is, to me, a nationalist, the most harmful part of his legacy'

The tweet, posted in February, read: 'Hitler's abuse of the term nationalism is, to me, a nationalist, the most harmful part of his legacy'

The tweet, posted in February, read: ‘Hitler’s abuse of the term nationalism is, to me, a nationalist, the most harmful part of his legacy’

Solicitors Leigh Day said Thakar (pictured asking his question during last night's debate) had been suspended from his role in its employment department while it carried out an investigation

Solicitors Leigh Day said Thakar (pictured asking his question during last night's debate) had been suspended from his role in its employment department while it carried out an investigation

Solicitors Leigh Day said Thakar (pictured asking his question during last night’s debate) had been suspended from his role in its employment department while it carried out an investigation

Solicitors Leigh Day said he had been suspended from his role in its employment department while it carried out an investigation. 

The firm said in a statement: ‘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. 

A source who worked in Labour's complaints department told the Guido Fawkes website that Thakar had been brought into the Labour Party to help close down cases of anti-Semitism in the party

A source who worked in Labour's complaints department told the Guido Fawkes website that Thakar had been brought into the Labour Party to help close down cases of anti-Semitism in the party

A source who worked in Labour’s complaints department told the Guido Fawkes website that Thakar had been brought into the Labour Party to help close down cases of anti-Semitism in the party

‘Mr Thakar has been suspended with immediate effect from the firm whilst we carry out an internal investigation into these matters.’

The BBC said it knew that Thakar worked for Labour but failed to explain why they didn’t tell viewers. 

Thakar appeared alongside other members of the public putting questions to the Tory MPs vying to be the next Prime Minister during a debate on the BBC. 

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?’

In response, Boris Johnson said: ‘I don’t think the Labour Party particularly wants a general election.

‘I don’t think anybody in the House of Commons who is sensible really wants us to go to the country immediately.

‘We had a general election in 2015, we had one in 2017 and we had a referendum in between.

The BBC TV debate quickly descended into furious squabbling, with presenter Emily Maitlis struggling to keep control

The BBC TV debate quickly descended into furious squabbling, with presenter Emily Maitlis struggling to keep control

The BBC TV debate quickly descended into furious squabbling, with presenter Emily Maitlis struggling to keep control

‘Our job is to get Brexit done.’ 

A source who worked in Labour’s complaints department told the Guido Fawkes website that Thakar had been brought into the Labour Party to help close down cases of anti-Semitism in the party.

In response to the accusation the BBC knew Mr Thacker was aware of the former role he had with the Labour Party, BBC Live Political Programmes Editor Rob Burley tweeted: ‘There was also self-described Conservative on the programme.’  

Mr Thakar appeared alongside Imam Abdullah Patel, who today was suspended from his job as deputy head of a Muslim primary school over tweets he sent blaming women for rape, praising Jeremy Corbyn and attacking Jews.

The BBC has come under fire for their vetting procedures after the questioner’s backgrounds were exposed.

In response to Mr Patel and his inclusion on the programme, the BBC said in a statement: ‘We carried out background research into the online and social media profiles of all our questioners for last night’s debate. 

‘Following the debate, one individual reactivated a public twitter account he had previously deactivated, whose tweets were not visible during our research period. 

‘Had we been aware of the views he expressed there he would not have been selected.’ 

Who asked the questions in BBC Tory leader debate? 

Abdullah in Bristol

He asked: ‘I am the imam of a mosque and I see first-hand the everyday impact of Islamophobic rhetoric on my community. 

‘Do the candidates agree that words have consequences?’

Shortly after his question aired, it was revealed that the imam has been suspended from his job as deputy head of a Muslim primary school and the Masjid e Umar mosque over tweets he sent blaming women for rape and attacking Jews.

Today Patel deleted his Twitter account after the controversial tweets were exposed.

Erin in Glasgow

 She asked: ‘On behalf of youth strikers all over the UK I’d like to ask can you promise that the environment will be your top priority if elected? Will you commit to net zero carbon emissions by 2025?’

Erin Curtis, aged 15, later revealed that she is part of the Student Climate Network, which organised a mass walk-out of schools in February.

The schoolgirl has warned there would be further strikes unless the government agreed to measures including a Green Deal, in an article for the Guardian. 

Lee from Norwich

He asked: ‘As a lifelong Conservative voter I voted for the Brexit party in the recent European elections.

‘My question to you all is can you guarantee that you will be able to get your Brexit plan through Parliament by the 31st of October.

Carmella from Southampton

She asked: ‘My question as a mother of three with a husband in the property industry is if we have a No Deal my husband could lose his job and my children face an uncertain future.

‘Why are you even contemplating a No Deal Brexit?’ 

Aman in London 

He 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?’

After his question, it was revealed the former Labour worker had been suspended from his job at a law firm over a tweet about Adolf Hitler. 

The tweet, posted in February, read: ‘Hitler’s abuse of the term nationalism is, to me, a nationalist, the most harmful part of his legacy.’

Tina in Tunbridge Wells

She asked: ‘I have fostered more than 10 children over 27 years despite the support from my local authority I now struggle to get appropriate mental health services, special educational needs support and even doctors’ appointments. What are you going to do for vulnerable children.’

Mark in Belfast

He asked: ‘I grew up during the Troubles and I have seen how a free and open border to the Republic of Ireland has helped secure both piece but support trade and development.

‘Can the candidates explain how they will solve the issue of the Irish border, a subject many people here see as Theresa May’s downfall.’

 James in Oxford

He asked: ‘I used to be a Conservative voter but now consider myself party-less. I have reluctantly voted for the Brexit Party. 

‘My question to all of you is what is your plan to lift the tax burden on the working classes?’

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