'Cruel and devastating': Faiza Shaheen resigns from Labour party after being dropped as London candidate

Faiza Shaheen has resigned from the Labour Party
-Credit: (Image: Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Faiza Shaheen has resigned from the Labour Party after being dropped as the candidate for Chingford and Woodford Green. Ms Shaheen claimed Labour staffers stopped her from running in the General Election on July 4 due to complaints she would "frustrate Labour's purpose".

This follows reports she liked a series of tweets that allegedly downplayed antisemitism accusations. In a statement posted on X, formerly Twitter, Ms Shaheen said: “Today, with a heavy heart, I have made a decision to resign from the Labour Party.”

She added: “Being removed as a candidate has been cruel and devastating, especially after local voters and party members have placed so much faith in me. Just two days after learning of my removal, Labour imposed a new candidate, someone not known to or supported by most local members with no links to our community.”

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A Stand with Faiza rally was held in Chingford last Friday
A Stand with Faiza rally was held in Chingford last Friday -Credit:Leon Neal/Getty Images

Ms Shaheen said she had been “penalised for describing my experiences of Islamophobia” and claimed there was a “hierarchy of racism” in the Labour Party. She concluded by saying she was “deciding my next steps” and would make an announcement on Wednesday.

She narrowly lost to former Conservative Party leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith in 2019. Speaking on BBC Newsnight last week, the former candidate said she "feels foolish" because everyone told her she was the one socialist Labour MP that was still running, and that it was "a surprise she wasn't blocked earlier".

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