Liberal Democrats expel former candidate over antisemitic campaign footage

The Liberal Democrats have expelled a former candidate hoping to run for mayor of London, over footage of an antisemitic campaign against former Labour MP Jack Straw.

Geeta Sidhu-Robb was kicked out of the party over a clip posted on Twitter telling Muslim voters during the 1997 election campaign in Blackburn: “Don’t vote for a Jew, Jack Straw is a Jew. If you vote for him you’re voting for a Jew. Jews are the enemy of Muslims”.

Standing as a Conservative at the time, Geeta Sidhu-Robb claimed Labour was telling voters she is “against Islam, she is not Muslim.. So, we are just going to pull the gloves off. I am going to get a car and walk around, and drive through town telling everyone Jack Straw is a Jew. How is a Muslim going to vote for someone who is Jewish?”

Shortly after the footage emerged in September 2020 the party suspended her.

A Liberal Democrat spokesperson said the party “takes all allegations of this nature extremely seriously. The party suspended Geeta Sidhu-Robb within 24 hours of receiving a complaint and can confirm that, following our investigation, she was expelled late last year.”

Sidhu-Robb  was running to be her party’s candidate for Mayor of London ahead of the election in May. The candidacy has since been won by Luisa Porritt.

Straw, who is Christian, told Jewish News in September“someone wrote to me out of the blue to say that they had produced a family tree for me, and in fact my Nanna came from Notts!”, so he was “not sure” about the supposed Jewish family link.

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