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UK Labour Party drops Oct. 7 conspiracy candidate

Azhar Ali suggested Israel allowed Hamas to attack as a pretext to go into Gaza.

British Parliamentary candidate Azhar Ali. Credit: Newham Independents/X.
British Parliamentary candidate Azhar Ali. Credit: Newham Independents/X.

The British Labour Party has withdrawn its support for its candidate in a special election amid a string of antisemitism allegations.

It made the decision following emergence of “new information” about Azhar Ali, its candidate for the race for Parliament in the town of Rochdale, in Greater Manchester, the party said on Monday evening.

The death of Sir Tony Lloyd on Jan. 17 triggered the race for the Labour seat.

Ali apologized and said that his statements were “inexcusable.”

The Mail on Sunday had recorded him saying, “Israel effectively sanctioned the Hamas atrocity against its own people to get the ‘green light’ to invade Gaza,” the Daily Mail reported.

Some colleagues are supporting Ali, including one who said he had only “fallen” for an online conspiracy theory and was truly sorry. The politician is reportedly suspended from Labour pending an investigation.

Others, including Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, have said that Labour should have acted sooner.

George Galloway, representing the Workers Party of Britain, is also a candidate in the election, which is slated for Feb. 29. He also has a history of antisemitic scandal.

The deadline has passed for Labour to replace Ali in the race.

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