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Labour Party under pressure to investigate election candidate linked with anti-Semitism

The Labour Party are under pressure to investigate a general election candidate who is reported to be be linked with anti-Semitism.

Maria Carroll is a candidate for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr Credit: Labour Party

The Carmarthen East and Dinefwr candidate, Maria Carroll, is alleged to be involved in a Facebook group advising party members on how to beat charges of anti-Semitism according to the Mail on Sunday.

The newspaper reported Ms Carroll personally advised alleged Holocaust deniers.

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Ms Collins has denied all of the allegations and said she's "distraught" by the claims, adding "My Dad fought in WW2 helping liberate Auschwitz, and suffered mentally for the rest of his life."

The candidate says she never saw the antisemitic posts, which were not made in the group she was in. She said the group was formed to help members who were blocked from voting in the leadership election and that she left the group when it became focused on antisemitism.

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Fiona Sharpe, spokesman for Labour Against Antisemitism, said it was disgraceful not to investigate the Carmarthen East and Dinefwr candidate.

“The refusal of the Labour Party to investigate Carmarthen East candidate Maria Carroll, without even seeing the evidence accumulated by Labour Against Antisemitism and GnasherJew, is a disgraceful decision that again highlights the institutional anti-Jewish racism within the organisation...

We call on senior figures within Welsh Labour, including First Minister Mark Drakeford, to demand that a full investigation be carried out immediately and urge Ms Carroll to step down ahead of the General Election on December 12th.”

The Labour Party say they have not received any complaints about Maria Carroll.

Here's a full list of the candidates standing in Carmarthen East and Dinefwr.

  • Jonathan Edwards - Plaid Cymru
  • Havard Hughes - Conservatives
  • Peter Prosser - Brexit Party
  • Maria Carroll - Labour