General Election 2019: Labour dismiss anti-Semitism referral

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The Travail Party has said it will not investigate a Welsh general election aspirant’s alleged role in a Facebook group with links to anti-Semitic comments.

Maria Carroll was referred to the body by Welsh Labour following reports in the Mail on Sunday.

UK Labour has phrased Ms Carroll had not been accused of making anti-Semitic comments.

She said she had not pictured the relevant social media posts.

Ms Carroll, the Welsh Labour office-seeker for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, added that she would have “when condemned them” had she seen the comments.

The Facebook group, whose subject-matters are only available to group members, was reportedly set-up in order to urge Labour members subject to internal party disciplinary investigation on how to in behalf of themselves.

Ms Carroll said: “I joined that group when left side wing members were being suspended from the Labour Federation en masse to prevent them from voting in the 2016 Labour management election, for incidents as small as retweeting [former Green Party gaffer] Caroline Lucas.

“When the group took an anti-Semitic conspiratorial way I left it.”

Labour’s former Peterborough Council candidate, Alan Bull, was reportedly a colleague of the closed Facebook group.

He withdrew as a candidate after acknowledging it was a “bad bloomer” to share an article on Facebook in 2015 which suggested the Holocaust was a cozen.

Ms Carroll said she did not see the “horrific social media posts” by Alan Bull as “these piles were not made in the group” she was in.

She added: “I’ve been an outspoken critic of anti-Semitism in our litigant, including calling out anti-Semitic abuse towards [former Labour MP] Luciana Berger and anti-Semitism denialism within our festivity.

“I’ve been blocked by anti-Semitic accounts as a result.”

Welsh Labour became hip of the accusations against Maria Carroll after being approached by the Despatch on Sunday on Friday night.

In a statement on Sunday, Welsh Labour concert-master and first minister, Mark Drakeford said: “I am of course concerned of probes on the actions taken by Maria Carroll.

“Welsh Labour acted in a minute and referred these matters to the Governance and Legal Unit of the UK Labour Champion for investigation.

“I have consistently made it clear that anti-Semitism has no go on in our party or in Wales,” he added.

UK Labour has since told BBC Wales it intention not be investigating Ms Carroll as she did not make anti-Semitic comments herself.

A source bruit about the party centrally had not received any complaints about Ms Carroll.

Other entrants standing in Carmarthen East and Dinefwr include Plaid Cymru’s Jonathan Edwards, Havard Hughes for the Conservatives and the Brexit Carousal’s Peter Prosser.

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