UK: Muslim political candidate rejects non-Muslims to join

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The Muslim Issue

Labour Party embroiled in race row after candidate told she was ‘too white and Jewish’ to be selected

By Emily Andrews

Elaina Cohen 

Row: Elaina Cohen, pictured in 2001, claims she was told she was ‘too white and Jewish’ to be selected as a Labour candidate in Birmingham

The Labour Party has become embroiled in a race row after a prospective female councillor was allegedly told she was ‘too white and Jewish’ to be selected.

Elaina Cohen claims that Labour councillor Mahmood Hussain said he would not support her application for an inner-city ward because ‘my Muslim members don’t want you because you are Jewish’.

Mrs Cohen, 50, has made an official complaint about the alleged remarks made by Mr Hussain, a Muslim and former lord mayor of Birmingham.

She said: ‘I am shocked and upset that a member of the Labour Party in this day and age could even think…

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