Labour Party suspends Peterborough election candidate after anti-Semitism allegations

The Labour Party has suspended a Peterborough election candidate following allegations of anti-Semitism.

Thursday, 22nd March 2018, 5:10 pm
Updated Thursday, 22nd March 2018, 5:15 pm
Alan Bull

Alan Bull had been selected to stand for the party in Stanground South in May’s Peterborough City Council elections despite the party being made aware of alleged anti-Semitic posts on Facebook last summer, as exclusively revealed by the Peterborough Telegraph last month.

Mr Bull told the PT at the time that the “private” posts were “doctored screenshots.”

When the PT ran its original article, a Labour spokesperson said: “The Labour Party does not comment on internal selection matters,” but after the story was today picked up by the Jewish Chronicle it emerged that the party has now suspended Mr Bull, meaning he will no longer be able to stand for the party in the local elections.

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A Labour spokesman said today: “Alan Bull has been suspended from the party pending investigation.

“Labour takes all complaints of anti-Semitism extremely seriously, which are fully investigated and appropriate disciplinary action taken in line with our rules and procedures.

“Anti-Semitism has absolutely no place in the party and we are committed to challenging and campaigning against it all its forms.”

The Facebook posts in question were claimed to be anti-Semitic in nature and also involved the alleged sharing of an article questioning the Holocaust.

At the time Mr Bull told the PT that the posts had been “doctored.”

The PT contacted Mr Bull today but he declined to speak to our reporter..