A key aide to Jeremy Corbyn is facing a potentially expensive court case after being accused of libel by Countdown’s Rachel Riley.
But Laura Murray – who backs the Labour leader’s plan for a wealth tax – will have no trouble funding the case after her aristocrat family anonymously sold a prized Picasso painting for £50 million.
The 30-year-old is the daughter of one of Mr Corbyn’s guru’s Andrew Murray, and became embroiled in a row with anti-Semitism campaigner Rachel Riley after Mr Corbyn was hit by an egg while visiting a mosque.
Just one day later Labour confirmed the 30-year-old was being drafted in to the party’s anti-Semitism complaints investigations team – despite now facing legal action.
Laura Murray is the stakeholder manager to the leader of the opposition and backs the Labour leader’s plans for a wealth tax. On her Facebook profile she says ‘Please no bourgeoisie on my profile. Thanks.’
Laura Murray is the stakeholder manager to the leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn
The oil painting, called L’Enfant au Pigeon was created by Picasso when he was 20-years-old in 1901 and shows a child clutching a dove
But despite her socialist proclamations her family sold a famous work by Picasso called L’Enfant au Pigeon (Child with a Dove) which sold for £50 million, as reported by The Sunday Times.
The oil painting was created by Picasso when he was 20-years-old in 1901 and shows a child clutching a dove.
The sale was overseen by Ms Murray’s mother Susan Michie and her uncle Jonathan Michie, who is a friend of Labour’s communications director Seumas Milne.
The Labour aide’s father is Andrew Murray, 60, a key Corbyn adviser who is a member of the Scottish aristocracy, and was previously a member of the Communist Party.
She is also the great-granddaughter of the 2nd Baron Aberconway and Lady Aberconway – who is rumoured to have been gifted the painting by Samuel Courtauld.
The painting was auctioned by Christie’s in 2012 and it thought to have gone to the Qatar royal family.
Ms Murray is at the centre of a libel case brought by Countdown presenter Ms Riley over tweets posted after an incident in which Mr Corbyn was allegedly egged
Ms Murray’s mother’s ancestors include Sir James Hopetoun, a lawyer and ally of Oliver Cromwell.
The left-winger is also thought to own a share of a £1.3 million property transferred to her by her mother.
Ms Murray hit the headlines last week after getting involved in a Twitter dispute with Countdown presenter Rachel Riley.
She is said to have accused the Countdown presenter, 33, who is Jewish, of saying the Labour leader deserved to be attacked because he was a Nazi, branding Ms Riley as ‘dangerous’.
This appears to have been based on the TV star highlighting a comment from leftiwing commentator Owen Jones from January in which he said ‘if you don’t want eggs thrown at you don’t be a Nazi’, describing it as ‘good advice’.
It was also revealed that Ms Murray sought to block the suspension of a member who defended an anti-Semitic mural.
Leaked emails show she said the member should be allowed to stay in the party despite describing the image of a group of ‘hook-nosed’ men sitting at a Monopoly board as ‘great’.