Conservative Party veteran Sir Alan Duncan has claimed he was prevented from becoming Minister for the Middle East after an intervention by the Conservative Friends of Israel group.
Making the claim in his new political diaries, the former MP writes that his new role was agreed until the then Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson alerted him to the fact that CFI “are going ballistic.”
Sir Alan also uses his diary to dispute claims that he has ever “sided with antisemitic people” and instead suggests he has been denied the role as Middle East Minister because he believes in the rights of the Palestinians.
In an entry dated Saturday July 16 2016, he openly accuses Downing Street of “telling Boris I cannot have the Middle East.”
Sir Alan suggests Prime Minister Theresa May’s special adviser Nick Timothy has also been pressured into opposing his appointment.
The following day, Sir Alan suggests he is told by the Cabinet Office that he cannot have the Middle East role because of his involvement in the oil industry.
He then accuses leading CFI officials Lord Pickles and Lord Polak of having lobbying against him. Sir Alan takes aim at the duo and accuses them of “disgusting” interference with public life.
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