Britain’s most pro-Zionist minister faces sack over links to porn baron

Embattled minister Robert Jenrick with his wife, Israeli corporate lawyer Michal Berkner

A few weeks ago, Britain’s leading political journalists would all have assumed that Robert Jenrick was not only safe in his Cabinet job, but probably on the way up.

During last year’s Conservative Party leadership contest, three young stars endorsed Boris Johnson at a critical time in a joint letter to The Times – Rishi Sunak, Oliver Dowden and Robert Jenrick.

Johnson is known to reward such loyalty, and the trio were duly promoted – in Sunak’s case all the way to the dizzy heights of Chancellor of the Exchequer. Oliver Dowden is now in charge of the Digital, Culture, Media & Sport department (facing one of the trickiest tasks in government post-Covid); while Jenrick is Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government.

This makes Jenrick ultimately responsible for all planning decisions, which are taken in the first instance by local council committees but in significant or controversial cases are sometimes ‘called in’ to be decided by the Minister following an inspector’s inquiry.

The ‘Holocaust Memorial’ rejected by Westminster City Council – but ‘called in’ for a final decision by Robert Jenrick

One controversial decision Jenrick was due to make later this year concerned the gigantic ‘Holocaust memorial’ which Jewish lobbyists and others aim to construct in the heart of Westminster. This plan was rejected by Westminster City Council earlier this year, but Jenrick instantly ‘called in’ the application and had given clear signs that he was going to overrule the council and allow the memorial to be built, ignoring the views of local residents and conservationists.

Now Jenrick is almost certain to resign or be sacked, after the latest revelations about his links to Richard Desmond, property developer and former owner of the Daily Express, who made his fortune from the porn industry.

H&D has previously reported on Mr Desmond’s background, and on the manner in which two former leaders of the violent Jewish ‘antifascist’ 62 Group rushed to Desmond’s defence following an earlier scandal.

Richard Desmond (above right) the Zionist porn baron who gave more than £1 million to UKIP in 2015 and returned to back the Tories in time for Robert Jenrick to make a decision that favoured his property interests

In 2015 Mr Desmond gave more than £1 million to UKIP, but has since returned to the Tory fold. Until 2004 he supported Tony Blair’s Labour Party!

This week several newspapers have reported on the curious communications between Mr Desmond and Mr Jenrick before the latter made at least two crucial decisions that potentially saved Mr Desmond more than £100m.

The only question now is whether (as in the case of Dominic Cummings) Boris Johnson’s stubborn loyalty to his friends allows a Minister to remain in office following conduct which in any other case would lead to resignation or dismissal.

Mr Jenrick is married to an Israeli citizen, corporate lawyer Michal Berkner. Their three daughters are being raised in the Jewish faith.

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