A Labour party candidate, David Beckett, who had been campaigning alongside senior party figures including deputy leader Angela Rayner and chairwoman Anneliese Dodds, has been suspended over a tweet that accuses a member of the royal family of being a sex offender. Mr. Beckett’s tweet was in response to news that Britons will be invited to swear allegiance to King Charles during his Coronation on Saturday. The statement however, included a racial slur that has caused offense. It is unclear which member of the royal family Mr. Beckett was referring to. Despite the suspension, Beckett will still appear on the ballots for the party in Darlington because of the timing of his suspension. However, if he wins, he will sit as an independent. The Labour party has made it clear that it does not condone Mr. Beckett’s views and has apologized for the offense caused by his comments. The Darlington Labour Group also confirmed Mr. Beckett’s suspension from the party and that it does not agree with his comments. The comments have been labeled “nasty” by Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen, who criticized the Labour Party and its continued association with behavior of such kind.
Labour candidate faces suspension for tweeting accusation of sexual offense against royal family member.
- 6 May 2023
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