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Breaking News: Labour Bradford councillor suspended over anti-Semitism allegations resigns

On 24th March AntiSemitismWatch reported on the suspension by the Labour Party of Councillor Khadim Hussain, who serves the Keighley Central ward in Bradford. The suspension followed allegations of anti-Semitic postings on Facebook.

images-4-1-1The former Lord Mayor of Bradford has now resigned from the party, saying he would stand as an independent candidate in the May elections.

In a statement issued tonight, he said the allegations of anti-Semitism were “unfounded”.

He said he had been left “disappointed and saddened” that the Party had not responded to a letter he had sent last week.

“I wrote  to the Labour Party on March 24th, outlining my position in response to the unfounded allegations of anti-Semitism.

“I am both disappointed and saddened that I did not receive any response or indeed any form of contact from the Labour Party despite my repeated attempts.”

Cllr Hussain added: “I have served the people of Keighley and the Bradford district with dignity and respect. I will continue to play my role.

“With this in mind I today announce my decision to stand as an independent candidate in Keighley’s central ward in  the forthcoming May elections.”

More Labour Party trouble: Bradford councillor suspended over anti-Semitism allegations

A BRADFORD councillor has insisted he is not guilty of anti-Semitism after an investigation into his views was launched by the Labour Party.

Coun Khadim Hussain promised to “vigorously” defend himself over concerns raised about posts on his Facebook page.

images-4The Keighley Central ward councillor and former lord mayor said: “I will be vigorously defending myself against these allegations.

“I have a strong record of opposing all forms of discrimination. I am fiercely opposed to any form of anti-Semitism or indeed Islamophobia.

“Whilst I was lord mayor of Bradford I worked closely with the Chief Rabbi in the city.”

He said he would provide detailed responses to the allegations in the next 24 hours.

Coun Hussain was due to stand again in May’s local elections but it is understood Labour’s rules would stop any member under suspension from being a party candidate.

A Labour Party spokesman said: “Khadim Hussain is suspended from the Labour Party pending an investigation.”

The incident is the latest in a string of anti-Semitism allegations to hit Labour in recent weeks.

Labour this month expelled Gerry Downing, a man it had previously kicked out and then readmitted, over his comments on the 9/11 attacks and anti-Semitic articles on his website.

Vicki Kirby, the party’s vice chairwoman in Woking, was suspended over comments made on Twitter.

Speaking in the Commons today, Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Anti-Semitism is an absolute cancer in our societies and we should know that when it grows it is the signal of many even worse things happening to ethnic groups all over our country.

“There is, sadly a growth of anti-Semitism in our country. We do see it in terms of attacks on Jewish people and Jewish students and it absolutely has to be stamped out.

“We should all of us, whatever organisation we are responsible for, make sure that happens.

“I have to say we do see a growth in support for segregation and indeed for anti-Semitism in parts of the Labour Party and I say to the leader of the party opposite it is his party and he should sort it out.”

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