SNP expels blogger over antisemitic claim
A pro-independence blogger who was accused of writing an “antisemitic” post about a Jewish union official has been expelled from the SNP.
The post written by Gareth Wardell on his Grousebeater blog attacked Rhea Wolfson over her role in the Glasgow City Council equal pay dispute.
It referred to Hitler “accusing ‘the Jew’ of gradually assuming leadership of the trade union movement”.
Mr Wardell denied it was antisemitic, and said it was an attack on fascism.
He also argued that it was “quite a stretch for me to be antisemitic” as he had been “brought up in Jewish family”.
Mr Wardell was suspended by the SNP last month after a complaint was passed to its disciplinary committee – with the party now confirming his membership has been terminated with immediate effect.