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Labour suspends three councillors over Israel comments

Labour has suspended three councillors over controversial messages posted on social media, in the latest development in a party row over alleged anti-semitism.

Burnley councillor Shah Hussain; Blackburn with Darwen councillor Salim Mulla; and Nottingham City councillor Ilyas Aziz were all suspended pending investigation.

The suspensions come a day after Jeremy Corbyn claimed Labour is "united" in fighting anti-semitism and all forms of racism at a May Day rally.

The row began last week following the suspension of Labour MP Naz Shah and highly-controversial comments made by Ken Livingstone linking Hitler and Zionism.

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Ken Livingstone suspended by the Labour Party

Ken Livingstone has been suspended by the Labour Party. Credit: PA

Ken Livingstone has been suspended by the Labour Party after he said Adolf Hitler was "supporting Zionism" when he rose to power in the 1930s.

A Labour spokesman said: “Ken Livingstone has been suspended by the Labour Party, pending an investigation, for bringing the Party into disrepute.

“The Chief Whip has summoned John Mann MP to discuss his conduct."

Mr Livingstone made the comments during an interview in which he was defending MP Naz Shah, who from suspended from the Labour Party on Wednesday over "anti-Semitic" comments.

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