Labour MP Naz Shah – once suspended for posts about ‘the Jews’ and the Israel ‘problem’ – is made Shadow Equalities minister by Jeremy Corbyn
- Naz Shah was banned for three months in 2016 during the anti-Semitism row
- It followed her sharing graphic online suggesting Israel be relocated to the US
- The post about Israel/Palestine conflict ended with the phrase ‘problem solved’
A Labour MP once suspended in a row over anti-Semitism has been made shadow equalities minister.
Naz Shah was stripped of the parliamentary whip and barred from party activity for three months in 2016 while an investigation was carried out.
It followed the unearthing of a 2014 Facebook post in which she shared a graphic of Israel’s outline superimposed on to a map of the US under the headline: Solution for Israel-Palestine Conflict – Relocate Israel into United States, with the comment: ‘Problem solved.’
Ms Shah (pictured) shared a graphic titled ‘Solution for Israel- Palestine Conflict – Relocate Israel into United States’ with the comment: ‘Problem solved.’
A Twitter post later emerged in which she urged supporters of the Palestinians to vote in an online poll on Israeli military action, claiming that ‘the Jews are rallying’ to skew the result.
Ms Shah later admitted she was ‘ignorant’ about discrimination against Jews and said she was determined to win back the community’s trust.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn made the Bradford West MP shadow minister for women and equalities as he announced other appointments to fill vacancies or maternity cover in his frontbench team.
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The MP was praised on Facebook after sharing the post that led to her suspension in the anti-Semitism row
Mike Amesbury becomes shadow employment minister, Justin Madders takes on the shadow labour minister role as well as health and social care and Jo Platt becomes shadow minister for the Cabinet Office.
Mr Corbyn said: ‘I am delighted to welcome new colleagues to Labour’s frontbench to strengthen our team as we continue to expose the Tories’ failings and prepare to form a government that works for the many, not the few.’
Despite his party being dogged by allegations of anti-Semitism amid remarks from Shah and others, he says he’s ‘delighted’ to welcome her to the frontbench
Naz Shah also waded into the Rotherham sex abuse scandal, sharing a post on Twitter last year that told victims to ‘shut their mouths for the good of diversity’.
A report revealed that police had ignored the large scale exploitation undertaken by gangs of largely Pakistani-heritage men.
Ms Shah shared and liked the post by a parody account of left-wing newspaper columnist Owen Jones in light of
It said: ‘Those abused girls in Rotherham and elsewhere just need to shut their mouths. For the good of diversity.’
Days before, Ms Shah penned a comment piece for the Independent attacking fellow Labour MP Sarah Champion for writing an article stating ‘Britain had a problem with Pakistani men targeting vulnerable white girls’ in reference to an Asian sex grooming scandal in Newcastle that followed similar cases in Rotherham and Rochdale.
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