Labour Party expels three members for campaigning against MP Naz Shah: report

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LONDON: Britain’s Labour Party has expelled three of its members for supporting a rival to its candidate Naz Shah in the general election in Bradford West, Geo News said in a report on Friday.

Naz Shah won the election by a landslide to become the Labour MP for the second time but faced a smear campaign by a group of fellow British-Pakistanis who supported independent candidate Salma Yaqoob. The group had opposed Naz Shah on the basis of gender and origin.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had urged local voters to support Naz Shah, who is now a member of the powerful Home Affairs Select Committee.

According to the report, a three-month-long internal investigation by the Labour Party revealed that former Bradford councillor Faisal Khan, Abid Hussain and Adil Hussain either campaigned openly for Salma Yaqoob or ran campaigns against Naz Shah.

It said that the Labour headquarters sent identical letters to its three members stating: “It has been brought to our attention with supporting evidence that you supported a candidate who stood against the Labour Party in the 2017 General Election which is incompatible with membership of the Labour Party.

“You are therefore ineligible to remain a member of the Labour Party and have been removed from the national membership system.”