Labour candidate stands down after 'comparing Israel to a child abuser'

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 8, 2019

A Labour Party candidate in Aberdeenshire resigned after a dispute over anti-Semitism.

Kate Ramsden, who was standing in the Gordon constituency now held by Conservative Colin Clark, had said Israel is like an "abused child" who then goes on to commit abuse. On the blog, Ramsden wrote that Israel is like "a child who has been abused and turned into an abuser in his own right", adding, "Like child abuse, this should be stopped".

Ms Ramsden's resignation came at the same time as Labour lost another candidate - Frances Hoole in Edinburgh South West - following a controversial tweet.

The announcement comes after the party's national executive committee (NEC) ruled on Wednesday that they would not endorse him as a Labour candidate for the constituency.

'Group in Labour HQ chanced on these posts when conducting extra due diligence checks.

She is also reported to have written that antisemitism allegations were "orchestrated by the wealthy establishment who do not want a socialist Labour government".

Kate Ramsden could not be elected as a candidate and therefore could not be elected.

"Two weeks before you took the decision to suspend me in February, we met in Parliament and you revealed that the real reason for the Parliamentary Labour Party's venom against me was my advocacy for open selection, a primary system that would allow grassroots members to decide who should stand for Parliament before every election".

'I can see that many Jewish people have been hurt by my words. SNP's competitor Joanna Cherry was targeted by bleach.

"There was never my intention to be me, and I apologize without reservation".

Frances Hoole has apologized.

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