Scottish Labour boots Westminster candidate at centre of 'racist' tweets storm

Scottish Labour has booted a general election candidate after she was accused of racist tweets.

Wilma Brown will no longer stand in Cowdenbeath and Kirkcaldy over posts which included one calling the First Minister "Hamas Yousless".

Melanie Ward, the CEO of Medical Aid for Palestinians, has been selected as the candidate instead.

The tweets from an account in the trade union activist’s name first came to light last month.

Brown was accused of liking a tweet which described Yousaf as “first minister of Gaza” and another that told an Indian man he would "NEVER be an Englishman".

The SNP said at the time they were “deeply offensive, racist” posts and she was suspended.

An investigation was launched and she has withdrawn as the candidate.

Melanie Ward is a long-time member of Scottish Labour and was announced as one of Time Magazine’s top 100 most influential people in global health.

Brown is chair of Unison Scotland's health committee and Cowdenbeath and Kirkcaldy is a top Labour target at the general election.

She previously pictured campaigning with Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer in Kirkcaldy in May last year.

The seat is currently held by Alba MP Neale Hanvey, who defected from the SNP.

He beat the then Labour MP Lesley Laird by 1,243 votes in 2019.

A Scottish Labour spokesperson said: “Scottish Labour is pleased to announce that Melanie Ward – the CEO of Medical Aid for Palestinians – has been selected as the Scottish Labour candidate for Cowdenbeath and Kirkcaldy at the general election.

“Melanie Ward has an impressive and proven track record in fighting injustice and delivering change in politics and the third sector.

“At the coming general election, Scottish Labour is standing to deliver the change that Scotland needs.”

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