Jewish Tory councillor suspended for backing ‘detention of Muslims’
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Jewish Tory councillor suspended for backing ‘detention of Muslims’

Conservative politician Linda Freedman suspended by leader of Barnet council Richard Cornelius following criticism from Labour

Linda Freedman (right) with Theresa May in February
Linda Freedman (right) with Theresa May in February

A Jewish councillor in Barnet has been suspended after messages came to light from 2016 in which she appeared to endorse the internment of Muslims.

Linda Freedman, who was only elected to represent Edgware last month, was suspended on Monday by Richard Cornelius, leader of Barnet Council.

It follows the reporting of messages sent in November 2016 in which Freedman responded to a Washington Post article discussing the possibility of interning of Muslims in the US.

In response, she wrote that “they interned my German (family) too for 1 year during WW2. It was the right thing to do for sake of security,” adding: “Most Japanese interned in Canada in WW2.”

In a tweet, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said Freedman’s comments “if true, seem to support the detention of Muslims for being Muslims,” before urging the Conservative Party to take action.

Freedman’s comments come just days after the Muslim Council of Britain called for the Conservative Party to launch an investigation into Islamophobia within its ranks, naming Bob Blackman, the Tory MP for Harrow East, who until last week was a member of several Islamophobic online groups, including ‘Britain for the British.’

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