OVER half of Labour’s sitting councillors on Peterborough City Council have dramatically been suspended by the Labour Party for sharing and promoting antisemitism and extremism.
The Councillors – the majority of whom VoteWatch exposed as having used convicted vote-rigger Tariq Mahmood to win their seats – have a history of being mired in scandal. Yet today, the vile group finally paid the price for their bigotry and hate.
Fourteen members have been suspended in total, by both Peterborough and Cambridgeshire Labour CLP’s. Among them are the following:
Councillor Ansar Ali, Richard Strangward, Cllr Angus Ellis, Colin and Linda Watson, Cllr Samantha Hemraj, Kit Hubback, Cllrs Mahboob Hemraj, Cllr Shabina Qayyum, Cllr Aasiayah Joseph, and Cllr Mohammed Jamil.
Cllr Qayyum has frequently been exposed by VoteWatch for incidents including harassing local residents, being accused of postal vote fraud, and for tagging a vile holocaust denier into her official campaign posts on social media.
All were found to have shared antisemitic content, including the claim that Jews were carrying out ‘the final solution’ in Palestine. Others shared a vile video from an Islamic extremist and hate preacher who is banned from entering the UK.
Prominent Labour activists in Peterborough – Richard Strangward, Alan Gasparutti and Colin and Linda Watson – are also said to have been suspended, with VoteWatch having exclusively exposed candidate Gasparutti as having made numerous hateful comments on social media, including supporting the IRA and claiming ‘terrorism brings peace’.
Labour sources told Jewish News today it was “no surprise at all” to them that at least 14 individuals from the Peterborough party had been suspended.
“This is an area that has had significant problems with antisemitism and racism in the past.
“It is about time that the leadership moved to put a stop to this, even if we are days away from a general election.
“Existing political structures have been ramshackle in the region for sometime , to say the least.”
This week, VoteWatch also exclusively revealed that the local Labour Party were once again secretly using convicted vote-rigger Tariq Mahmood to campaign for them in the upcoming local elections.
This is a breaking story. VoteWatch will update when more information becomes available.