Labour hope­ful sparks new anti-Semitism row

The Sunday Telegraph - - Politics - By Camilla Turner

CON­CERNS were raised last night that the Labour Party could se­lect a coun­cil­lor ac­cused of mak­ing anti-Semitic com­ments.

Nas­reen Khan claimed on Face­book in 2012 that Jews “have reaped the re­wards of play­ing vic­tims” and that there are “worse peo­ple than Hitler in this world”.

Miss Khan is on a short­list of can­di­dates to stand in a safe Labour coun­cil seat in Brad­ford, West Yorks at next year’s lo­cal elec­tions. A fi­nal de­ci­sion is ex­pected to be made on Fri­day. She has since apol­o­gised for her com­ments, say­ing: “I have been hon­est, frank and held my hand up re­gard­ing com­ments I made on Face­book over five years ago. I was chal­lenged im­me­di­ately about my lan­guage and apol­o­gised straight away. I ac­cept fully that it was in­ap­pro­pri­ate and un­ac­cept­able. I pro­foundly re­gret the com­ments I made … and any of­fence they caused.”

An­drew Percy, Con­ser­va­tive MP for Brigg and Goole, said that Miss Khan’s views are “in­dis­tin­guish­able” from those of neo-Nazis.

A Labour spokesman said: “We do not com­ment on in­ter­nal se­lec­tion mat­ters.”

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