Party bosses launch probe af­ter Gor­don can­di­date stands down

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An in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been launched by Labour Party bosses af­ter their Gor­don can­di­date stepped down due to an anti-Semitism row.

Kate Ramsden, a north­east trade union­ist, stood down on Thurs­day af­ter the Jewish Chron­i­cle re­vealed she likened the ac­tions of the Is­raeli govern­ment to those of an abuser.

In an on­line blog post she wrote: “Like many abusers, un­able to re­flect on their own abuse, and end­ing up recre­at­ing it in the abuse of oth­ers, ex­ert­ing their power in those weaker than them­selves be­cause once they were the pow­er­less.”

She has since pub­lished an apol­ogy on the blog, writ­ing: “I can see why many Jewish peo­ple have been hurt by my words. That was never my in­ten­tion and I un­re­servedly apol­o­gise.”

A se­nior Labour source said: “UK Labour did fur­ther due dili­gence on can­di­dates in Scot­land and Wales and found these posts by Kate Ramsden.

“UK party im­me­di­ately in­formed Scot­tish Labour who in­formed the Scot­tish Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee who asked her to take part in a re-in­ter­view. The sug­ges­tion that Labour knew about the posts be­fore­hand and asked her to delete them is cat­e­gor­i­cally un­true.

“The party also opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Kate Ramsden in re­la­tion to the posts and this dis­ci­plinary case will go to a fu­ture NEC panel.”

It is un­clear who Labour will choose to re­place her.

The other can­di­dates for Gor­don are Colin Clark (Con­ser­va­tive), Richard Thomp­son (SNP) and James Oates (Lib­eral Demo­crat).

Ms Ramsden and Scot­tish Labour were con­tacted for com­ment.

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