Naz Shah, John McDonnell’s PPS, Resigns After Hate Post


Naz Shah, the Labour MP for Bradford West, has resigned as the PPS to John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer. Her resignation comes after suggestions were made that she may face suspension from the Labour Party.

The MP’s posts, made on Twitter two years ago, were noticed by the Guido Fawkes blog and add to the allegations that Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, isn’t doing enough to tackle anti-antisemitism in the party.

Sir Eric Pickles, the former Conservative Cabinet Minister and current MP for Brentwood and Ongar, said:

“These harmful words echo the acts of hate and intolerance we as a country have always stood against and for them to come from a Member of Parliament about to conduct an inquiry into the rise of anti-Semitism is outrageous. I would urge Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to take immediate action”.

Michael Fabricant, the Conserative MP for Lichfield said:

“Naz Shah has appeared to have out done George Galloway in sheer spite and loathing. Her sitting on a Home Office inquiry into antisemitism means she will bring her own personal expertise to the Committee. If it weren’t so tragic, it would be laughable”.

The MP is also expected to stand down from the Home Affairs Select Committee which is currently discussing how to tackle antisemitism. The Telegraph has reported that two of her colleagues on the committee believe she should stand down.

Shah said:

“I deeply regret the hurt I have caused by comments made on social media before I was elected as an MP. I made these posts at the height of the Gaza conflict in 2014, when emotions were running high around the Middle East conflict”.