Labour candidate removed over antisemitism claims

Source: BBC
Safia Ali
Labour has removed one of its general election candidates over allegations that she made antisemitic 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.

It also expressed its "deep regret" that she had been selected to stand for the party.

Scottish Labour general secretary Michael Sharpe confirmed that the party had withdrawn its support from Ms Ali - although her name will still appear on the ballot paper because she was removed after the close of nominations.

But he said he would not go into specific details about her case.

Mr Sharpe 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.