SCOTTISH Labour have dropped its Falkirk candidate following the alleged discovery of anti-Semitic posts on her Facebook account.

Safia Ali previously stood as an independent candidate for the Carse, Kinnaird and Tryst council ward in 2017. Her suspension leaves the Falkirk constituency without a Labour candidate in the upcoming election.

As reported in the Falkirk Herald, a Labour spokesperson said: “Safia Ali is no longer the Labour Party’s candidate for Falkirk. We have taken immediate action on this matter. We deeply regret Safia Ali was selected.”

Scottish Labour general secretary Michael Sharpe said: “I deeply regret the people of the Falkirk constituency will no longer have a Labour candidate to campaign and vote for on December 12.

“There is no place for anti-Semitism, or any form of racism and bigotry, in our party. That is why Labour is taking robust action to root it out of our movement and wider society.

“The Party has significantly strengthened our procedures, with swift suspensions, new processes for rapid expulsions and an education programme for members. While I cannot go into details about individual cases, I can confirm that the Party has acted immediately and decisively to remove this candidate.”