Labour candidate removed over anti-Semitism claims


LONDON: Labour has removed one of its general election candidates over allegations that she made anti-Semitic posts on Facebook.Safia Ali had been due to stand for the party in the Falkirk seat in next month’s election. But Scottish Labour said it had taken “immediate action” to remove her as its candidate after the posts emerged.

According to BBC report, tt also expressed its “deep regret” that she had been selected to stand for the party. Scottish Labour general secretary Michael Sharpe confirmed that Ms Ali had been removed but said he would not go into details about her case.

He added: “I deeply regret the people of the Falkirk constituency will no longer have a Labour candidate to campaign and vote for on 12 December.

“There is no place for anti-Semitism, or any form of racism and bigotry, in our party. That is why Labour is taking robust action to root it out of our movement and wider society.”

Mr Sharpe insisted that the party had “significantly strengthened” its procedures, with “swift suspensions, new processes for rapid expulsions and an education programme for members”.

BBC Scotland has been unable to contact Ms Ali for comment.

Labour has been embroiled in allegations of anti-Semitism for more than three years, with the chief rabbi claiming earlier this week that the party is not doing enough to root out anti-Jewish racism.