#ELLGE19: Claims of antisemitism against Labour candidate

Labour PPC Apsana Begum (middle) Pic: Apsana Begum

Labour parliamentary candidate for Poplar and Limehouse, Apsana Begum, is facing calls to step down after being accused of anti-Semitism.

The Evening Standard newspaper reported that Begum, 29, was part of the movement which shared an alleged anti-Semetic tweet from the Tower Hamlets Momentum twitter account.

Following this report there have been many calls for her to step down.

Euan Phillips, spokesman for Labour Against Anti-Semitism, told the Standard: “The Labour Party needs to suspend Ms Begum and ask her to step down as their official candidate. It would be beyond belief to allow her to continue.”

Poplar and Limehouse Liberal Democrat candidate, Andrew Cregan, has also publicly called out Begum and the Tower Hamlets Party.

In a video on his Twitter page, Cregan, 35, said: “Anti-Semitism and bigotry have no place in politics. This has happened after years of failure by the Labour party to get to grips with anti-Semitism within its ranks.”

The post has since been deleted. Begum told The Standard: “I’m committed to working to fight anti-Semitism both inside the Labour party and in wider society”.

Begum, is widely expected to succeed Jim Fitzpatrick as MP for Poplar and Limehouse, who had a majority of 27,712 over Conservative candidate Chris Wilford in 2017.

*Amended 06/12/19:

A Labour spokesperson told Eastlondonlines: “Apsana says she had nothing to do with the tweet, which was not posted from her account. There does not appear to be any basis for claiming that these are in any way linked to her.”

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