Labour suspends anti-Semitic member

After Labour MPs cite 'rock bottom' relations with Jews over former MP candidate's appointment to lead branch, party backtracks.

Ari Yashar ,

Adolf Hitler (illustration)
Adolf Hitler (illustration)
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Vicki Kirby, a former parliamentary candidate for the Labour party in the UK, was suspended Tuesday by Labour for a second time over an investigation into a series of anti-Semitic tweets she made.

The activist was previously suspended temporarily in September 2014, after writing on Twitter that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler might be the "Zionist god," and asking why Islamic State (ISIS) hasn't attacked Israel - "the real oppressors."

According to the International Business Times she also wrote back in 2011: "What do you know abt [sic] Jews? They've got big noses and support Spurs lol." In a comment, she also wrote: "We invented Israel when saving them from Hitler, who now seems to be their teacher."

Shockingly the Labour party lifted her suspension later that same year back in 2014, and recently she was appointed vice-chairman of Labour's branch in Woking, Surrey. She is also listed on the Labour branch's site as a trade union liaison officer and communications and campaigns coordinator.

Her appointment was raised in a Labour meeting on Monday, in which MPs demanded answers over the move, and shortly afterwards on Tuesday the party announced she was suspended again.

In the meeting, senior MP Louise Ellman said relations between the party and the Jewish community are "at rock bottom."

Writing on Twitter on Monday, Labour MP Ian Austin said: "How was someone with these views allowed back in to the Labour Party? Would be shocking if she's not booted back out."

Shortly afterwards a party spokesperson confirmed she has been suspended again "pending an investigation."

The Labour party has received growing criticism recently over accusations of systemic anti-Semitism. The party has already announced that it will investigate claims of anti-Semitism in its society at Oxford University, whose members allegedly mocked Jewish terror victims.