'A Labour council candidate was suspended from the party last night for spreading a series of ‘abhorrent’ conspiracy theories about Israel.
Alex Braithwaite shared a post suggesting Labour’s anti-Semitism crisis was being whipped up by Israel to discredit leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Last night she apologised and was suspended by Labour. But she remains a candidate for Brighton and Hove Council because it is too late to withdraw. If she wins she will sit as an independent.
Miss Braithwaite, pictured, shared messages supporting Ken Livingstone and claiming the Rothschild family controlled the European Central Bank.
And she posted a cartoon which suggested the BBC was controlled by the ‘terrorist state’ of Israel. The case will add to concerns Labour has been slow to respond to anti-Semitism cases.
Labour Against Anti-Semitism spokesman Euan Philipps said: ‘Alex Braithwaite has posted a series of highly offensive, anti-Semitic comments, articles and graphics on her Facebook page over several years. They are truly abhorrent, and we hope they will be investigated by Brighton police as hate speech.
It is unthinkable that someone who apparently holds such views, as these posts suggest, might be elected to a role of public office.’
He said Miss Braithwaite was backed by Momentum – the grassroots movement in which he said anti-Semitism was ‘endemic’ – and called for action from local Labour figures, including MPs Lloyd Russell-Moyle and Peter Kyle.
The row comes as Labour waits to hear whether it will face a full probe by the Equality and Human Rights Commission into whether it has discriminated against Jews.'
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