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Rochdale by-election: Labour withdraws support for candidate Azhar Ali after 'antisemitism' row

The Labour Party has withdrawn support for its candidate in the Rochdale by-election, Azhar Ali, after receiving an official complaint about his 'antisemitic' remarks. Ali has been suspended from the party pending an investigation. The decision to drop support for Ali comes after an official complaint was made regarding his comments about the 7 October attack on Israel, in which he suggested Israel deliberately allowed the Hamas atrocity to take place. Labour Against Antisemitism called for Ali's immediate suspension as a candidate and party member, stating that more needs to be done to combat antisemitism within the Labour Party.

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