General Election 2019: Labour dismiss anti-Semitism referral

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Maria Carroll said she had not seen the relevant social media posts and would have “immediately condemned them”

The Labour Party has said it will not investigate a Welsh general election candidate’s alleged role in a Facebook group with links to anti-Semitic comments.

Maria Carroll was referred to the party by Welsh Labour following reports in the Mail on Sunday.

UK Labour has said Ms Carroll had not been accused of making anti-Semitic comments.

She said she had not seen the relevant social media posts.

Ms Carroll, the Welsh Labour candidate for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, added that she would have “immediately condemned them” had she seen the comments.

The Facebook group, whose contents are only available to group members, was reportedly set-up in order to advise Labour members subject to internal party disciplinary investigation on how to defend themselves.

Ms Carroll said: “I joined that group when left wing members were being suspended from the Labour Party en masse to prevent them from voting in the 2016 Labour leadership election, for incidents as small as retweeting [former Green Party leader] Caroline Lucas

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