MP Naz Shah quits Home Affairs Select Committee

Labour MP Naz Shah as she tells the House of Commons in London that she "wholeheartedly apologises" for words she used in a Facebook post about Israel. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 27, 2016. Speaker John Bercow said her words had been "noted by the House". See PA story POLITICS Shah. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

The Bradford West politician, who won her seat at the General Election by beating Respect Party politician George Galloway, has had the whip withdrawn pending the outcome of an internal investigation into social media posts she made in 2014.

She apologised infront of MPs in the House of Commons on Wednesday, explaining that she understood she had caused upset and hurt to the Jewish community,

Today the Right Hon Keith Vaz MP, Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, said Ms Shah will not be taking party into the group’s inquiry into rising anti-Jewish prejudice in British life, which will take evidence from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Mr Vaz said: “Naz Shah attended the private session of the Committee today and she has informed me and the Committee that she wishes to stand aside from all her duties until current matters are resolved.

“We have accepted her decision. She will not take part in any future matters concerning the Home Affairs Select Committee with immediate effect, until further notice.”

“The Committee will now proceed with its inquiry into anti-Semitism, and we will begin calling witnesses including the Community Security Trust, the Jewish Board of Deputies, Ken Livingstone, and the Prime Minister, Jeremy Corbyn & Angus Robertson.”

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