Gordon's Labour candidate stands down

Kate Ramsden has pulled out of the election race
Kate Ramsden has pulled out of the election race

Gordon's Labour candidate has pulled out of the election race following a row over anti-Semitism.

Kate Ramsden announced she was standing down in the Gordon constituency after the Jewish Chronicle highlighted a blog post from her in which she compared Israel to an abused child who becomes an abusive adult.

Following the revelation, Scottish Labour's ruling body decided to reconsider Ms Ramsden's candidacy.

A Labour Party spokesperson said: "We took immediate action to have Kate Ramsden's candidacy reconsidered in light of the material that we found.

"Staff immediately alerted Scottish Labour, who informed the Scottish Executive Committee, which decided to re-interview Kate Ramsden about the new posts that had been found.

"Kate Ramsden stood down as a candidate and is therefore not a Labour candidate in the election."

Ms Ramsden has since published an apology for her blog.

She said: "I have taken the decision to step down as Labour Party candidate for Gordon, following criticism of a blog written at the height of the bombardment of Gaza by the government of Israel.

"I can see why many Jewish people have been hurt by my words. That was never my intention and I apologise unreservedly."