General election 2019: SNP drop candidate over claims of anti-Semitism

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Neale Hanvey will still appear on the ballot paper, but the SNP has pulled support from his campaign

The SNP has dropped its candidate for a key target seat after allegations of anti-Semitism were made against him.

Neale Hanvey is contesting the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency, where Labour has a majority of 0.6%.

However, the SNP has now withdrawn all support for the former councillor’s candidacy, saying he had been suspended pending disciplinary action.

Business convener Kirsten Oswald said: “Anti-Semitism has no place in Scotland, and no place in the SNP.”

It is alleged Mr Hanvey shared a post on Facebook in 2016 which included an image of billionaire George Soros as a puppet master controlling world leaders.

His name will still appear on the ballot paper on December 12, but the SNP has pulled support from his campaign and he would sit as an independent if elected.

Ms Oswald added: “All political parties have a duty to show leadership, and to take tough action.

“Neale Hanvey is no longer an SNP candidate, and his membership has been suspended pending disciplinary action. All support for his campaign has been withdrawn.”

Mr Hanvey is the third candidate to have been dropped by Scottish parties inside two days.

Labour withdrew its support for Falkirk candidate Safia Ali earlier on Thursday over allegations of anti-Semitic posts on Facebook.

And on Wednesday the Conservatives suspended their Glasgow Central candidate, Flora Scarabello, after she was accused of using “anti-Muslim language”.