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Labour councillor suspended over 'Israel social media posts'

Nottingham Council House, where council offices used to be located Credit: PA

Labour has suspended a councillor over social media posts, including a suggestion Israel should be relocated to the United States.

Nottingham City councillor Ilyas Aziz was suspended on Monday pending an investigation in the latest row over alleged anti-Semitic comments to hit the party.

Among Facebook posts appearing on Mr Aziz's account was one highlighted on the Guido Fawkes website.

It read: "Jews and Muslims lived together in the Middle East, in peace pre 1948. Perhaps it would have been wiser to create Israel in America it's big enough. They could relocate even now".

The move comes after Jeremy Corbyn on Sunday insisted the party is "united" in opposing anti-Semitism.

His comments came in the wake of a turbulent week which saw both MP Naz Shah and former London mayor Ken Livingstone suspended.

A Labour spokeswoman said: "Ilyas Aziz has been suspended from the Labour Party pending an investigation."

Does the Midlands care about Police & Crime Commissioners?

Their creation in 2012 was controversial, but a week tomorrow polls will open to elect Police & Crime Commissioners for every police force in the Midlands.

The role was designed to elect one person to be in charge of holding Chief Constables to account, and setting out how to fight crime.

But after Staffordshire recorded the lowest voter turnout in the country first time around, do people really know or care what a PCC is? Chris Halpin has been finding out.

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Does the East Midlands care about Police & Crime Commissioners?

Their creation in 2012 was controversial, but a week tomorrow polls will open to elect Police & Crime Commissioners for every police force in the East Midlands.

The role was designed to elect one person to be in charge of holding Chief Constables to account, and setting out how to fight crime. But after Derbyshire recorded the lowest voter turnout in the region first time around, do people really know or care what a PCC is? Chris Halpin has been finding out.

Central Lobby April

Join Alison Mackenzie and her panel of midlands politicians discussing the EU referendum, Police and Crime Commissioners and the local elections.

There will be lively debate with Heather Wheeler MP for the Conservatives who is in favour of leaving the EU, Liz Kendall MP for Labour who is a firm Remainer, John Hemming the former Lib Dem MP for Birmingham Yardley who favours remaining in the EU and UKIP campaigner Keith Rowe who wants Britain to exit the EU.

And watch out for the Midlands MP who upset the speaker earlier this month with some unparliamentary language.

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