Labour candidate suspended

John Cowan

A Labour candidate has been suspended after allegedly saying on an internet forum that he would not want any children of his to marry a Muslim.

John Cowan, who is said to have admitted paying cash to a cleaner claiming benefits, called the row a “storm in a tea cup”.

His suspension comes too late for him to be replaced on the ballot paper for South East Cambridgeshire. A party spokesman said he hoped voters may “hold their noses” but vote Labour.

BBC News, 26 April 2010

See also “Election 2010: Labour suspends John Cowan over ‘unacceptable messages'”, Guardian, 26 April 2010