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Corbyn bows to pressure and suspends Labour politician over anti-Israel posts

By Joe Churcher

Published 28/04/2016

Apologetic: MP Naz Shah
Apologetic: MP Naz Shah

MP Naz Shah has been suspended by the Labour Party pending an investigation into anti-Semitic social media posts.

Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn had been under huge pressure to act after initially giving the Bradford West MP only a reprimand over the comments - made before she was an MP.

A Labour spokesman said: "Jeremy Corbyn and Naz Shah have agreed she is administratively suspended from the Labour Party by the General Secretary. Pending investigation, she is unable to take part in party activity and the whip is removed."

Yesterday's announcement came an hour after Ms Shah made the latest in a series of apologies over the posts - telling the House of Commons she "profoundly" regretted her behaviour.

But shadow energy secretary Lisa Nandy was among Labour figures saying the party faced "real problems" if it was seen not to apply the same standards to MPs as to other activists.

In a 2014 Facebook post, Ms Shah shared a graphic of Israel's outline superimposed on a map of the US under the headline "Solution for Israel-Palestine Conflict - Relocate Israel into United States", with the comment: "Problem solved".

The Guido Fawkes website - which published the post - pointed to another made before Ms Shah was an MP, which used the hashtag #IsraelApartheid above a quote saying, "Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal".

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