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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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Jeremy Corbyn: 'Labour is an anti-racist party to its core'

Jeremy Corbyn has set up an inquiry into Labour antisemitism following a turbulent week for the party Credit: PA Photos

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he is determined to root out racism in all forms in the party amid accusations of anti-Semitism within the party.

It follows the suspension of Bradford West MP Naz Shah for an antisemitic Facebook post and Ken Livingstone's remarks that linked Hitler to Zionism.

In an interview with the Guardian, Mr Corbyn said: “Labour is an anti-racist party to its core and has a long and proud history of standing against racism, including antisemitism."

I have campaigned against racism all my life and the Jewish community has been at the heart of the Labour party and progressive politics in Britain for more than 100 years.

– Jeremy Corbyn, Labour leader

Mr Corbyn has appointed former head of rights group, Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti, to lead an independent inquiry into antisemitism within his party.

As part of this Chakrabarti will talk to members Jewish community to establish how it can best tackle antisemitism and other forms of discrimination and racism.

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