The Conservative Party took swift action after it was reported that a council election candidate for Birmingham Hall Green made a series of reported social media posts in which he used “Jew” as a term of abuse.
A Conservative spokesman said: “He is no longer a member of the party. Views like that have no place in the party or our society”.
CFI Parliamentary Chairman, Rt. Hon. Sir Eric Pickles MP welcomed the Conservative Party’s swift response upon being made aware of the posts: “His reported views are incompatible with membership of the Conservative Party. Pleased that he is no longer a member, and that the Party moved quickly to exclude him. There are clear lessons to other political parties that a zero tolerance to Antisemitism coupled with prompt action is the most effective way of dealing with this issue”.
Obaid Khan, a Conservative council election candidate in the Birmingham Hall Green by-election, allegedly made the offensive posts in 2013 and 2014. In the series of reported Twitter posts, Mr Khad said that Imran Khan is a “Jewish agent” and referred to a “Jewish lobby”.
The Conservative Party had been made aware of the posts this week by the Birmingham Mail, and within hours Mr Obaid’s Twitter profile had been locked and his campaign material removed from websites and social media accounts of Birmingham Conservatives.