A Labour candidate appeared to celebrate the defeat of former MP Ruth Smeeth after last week’s election.
Emma Bonner-Morgan, who failed to win in Suffolk Central & Ipswich North, wrote on Facebook that it was “good news” the ex-parliamentary chair of the Jewish Labour Movement lost her job last Thursday.
This comes after Labour suffered heavy losses to the Tories in their traditional heartlands, with Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party claiming an 80-seat majority.
Commenting online, Bonner-Morgan reportedly said Smeeth’s defeat in Stoke On Trent North was “one bit of good news! She lost”.
Other users said: “Get lost Smeeth!”, “what an a*******” and that she “deserved to lose, hateful cow.”
Bonner-Morgan came second with 11,862 votes to her Tory opponent Dan Poulter, with 35,253.
Stephane Savary, National Vice-Chair of the Jewish Labour Movement wrote on Twitter that Bonner-Morgan “isn’t bothered with the torrent of abuse against Mrs Smeeth. Is this an acceptable behaviour from a labour candidate? Absolutely not. And yet this is the state of our party in 2019.”
The Labour Party has been approached for comment.
You will also notice how the labour candidate for Suffolk Central and Ipswich North isn't bothered with the torrent of abuse against Mrs Smeeth.
Is this an acceptable behaviour from a labour candidate?
And yet this is the state of our party in 2019.
— Stephane Savary ???? (@stephane_ulrich) December 17, 2019
Smeeth, who has been a vocal critic of Jeremy Corbyn’s handling of the party’s antisemitism row, said: “I am no longer MP – this is a disaster. Jeremy Corbyn should resign now before his own count is in”, after losing her seat.
She said it was “an appalling night for my constituents and an appalling night for the country”, before pointing the finger at Jeremy Corbyn when asked who was to blame.