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  Labour candidate in Aberdeenshire quits in anti-Semitism row
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Nov 07, 2019 05:13pm
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News DateThursday, November 7, 2019 10:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionA Labour candidate in Aberdeenshire has quit following a row over anti-Semitism.

Kate Ramsden stood down in the Gordon constituency after the Jewish Chronicle highlighted a blog post from her.

It said she compared Israel to an abused child who becomes an abusive adult.

Another Scottish Labour candidate, Frances Hoole, has also been dropped over a social media post attacking her SNP opponent.

Scottish Labour's ruling body had decided to reconsider Ms Ramsden's candidacy.

A Labour Party source said: "We took immediate action to have Kate Ramsden's candidacy reconsidered in light of the material that we found.

"Staff in Labour HQ found these posts when conducting extra due diligence checks.

"Staff immediately alerted Scottish Labour, who informed the Scottish Executive Committee, which decided to re-interview Kate Ramsden about the new posts that had been found.

"Kate Ramsden stood down as a candidate and is therefore not a Labour candidate in the election."
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