Local councillor removed over after complaint of homophobic tweets – publicised by ally of remaining female candidate
Local councillor Sitarah Anjum has been removed from Labour’s shortlist of potential candidates for the Ealing North parliamentary seat after a complaint highlighted tweets against equal marriage and other alleged homophobic remarks:
Anjum’s removal means that there is now only one remaining woman on the shortlist – another local councillor, Aysha Raza. Raza is on the Labour right and was an enthusiastic supporter of Owen Smith in the 2016 Labour leadership election:
Raza also signed a 2016 open letter supporting Smith.
But in a twist, the above picture features not only Raza but also Abdi Duale – the right-wing Labour-First supporter who published the Anjum tweets that saw Raza’s rival eliminated from the contest.
Local members remain incensed about the exclusion of local left-wingers Councillor Lewis Cox, regional board member Rheian Davies and criminal QC Jo Sidhu and have called the selection process a ‘sorry episode’ in the party’s history.
They have called on Labour’s National Executive Committee to re-open the selection process in the same way it did when Redbridge Council leader Jas Athwal was eliminated from the Ilford South shortlist after being suspended over alleged sexual harassment.
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