The party pending investigation in Torbay has suspended three of its Labour election candidates. Even though the grounds of suspension haven’t established yet, it was done due to the reports of party associates that they were posting anti-Semitic content on social media. Earlier this week, the first suspension was imposed to Virginia Keys. She is a Torquay branch women officer and candidate for the Tormohun ward of Tobay Council.
Along with Keys, Torquay branch chair Dani Passmore at Barton with Watcombe and Jack Critchlow at Cockington were the other two candidates that have been suspended after the cutoff date for the final candidates of the elections on May 2. Virginia Keys suspension arose when Rachel Riley, host of the TV show Countdown disputed her nomination as a candidate. Riley emphasized the posts of Keys particularly those with anti-Semitic contents by sharing the links via Twitter. The TV personality is known to be an activist against anti-Semitism.
The Labour Party has expressed that it will cut ties with them and will not help their campaigns. Also, they will become independents if voted. The party is very serious about all anti-Semitism accusations and devoted to defy and campaign against it even the accused are its members. Based on the electoral laws, the three suspended candidates can still run and can’t be withdrawn from the list because the suspension was done after the deadline. However, they will not be Labour party representatives.
The party representative said that “All complaints about anti-Semitism are fully investigated in line with our rules and procedures and any appropriate disciplinary action is taken. We can’t comment on individual cases.” He added “Individuals who are suspended from the Party can’t stand as Party candidates.”
Under Jeremy Corbyn, some party members believed that the concern of anti-Semitism in the Labour has been overstated by the opposition to sabotage his leadership. They added that anti-Semitism is used by the detractors to = disconcert to the political antagonists of the Israeli state. They also criticize the Labour party for not taking this accusation seriously. This issue is described as aggression or prejudgment towards the Jewish community.