Kenyan born Tory peer attended Palestinian conference at centre of Jeremy Corbyn’s wreath-laying controversy

Jeremy Corbyn lays wreath
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with a wreath at the ceremony in 2014. Photo: Facebook/Ambassade de Palestine

A Kenyan born Conservative peer has revealed he also attended the controversial conference in Tunisia at the heart of the Jeremy Corbyn wreath laying scandal.

Conservative Muslim Foundation (CMF) founder Lord Sheikh has said that while he was at the 2014 conference, he was not aware of, and did not attend, the specific ceremony Mr Corbyn was at.

The Tory peer – who last week condemned Boris Johnson over his burka comments – also accepted there “may have” been figures from the banned terrorist organisation Hamas at the Tunis conference but emphasised that he did not meet any.

Mohamed Iltaf Sheikh
Mohamed Sheikh – UK Parliament official portraits 2017

Corbyn controversy

Then-backbench MP, Jeremy Corbyn, was in Tunis at the invitation of the country’s new president where he attended a conference aimed at forging a unity agreement between the divided Palestinian factions, Fatah, who control the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, and Hamas, who control Gaza.

According to Mr Corbyn, during that conference he went with a number of senior delegates to the Palestinian cemetery and Hamam-al-Schatt memorial to pay tribute to the 45 people killed in a 1985 Israeli airstrike on the-then PLO headquarters in Tunis.

However, it has been claimed that the wreath laying ceremony was also for terrorists linked to the Munich massacre which took place during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany. The perpetrators of the attack were Palestinian terrorist group Black September who took eleven Israeli Olympic team members hostage and killed them along with a West German police officer.