Labour candidate suspended over online messages

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Labour has suspended its parliamentary candidate in South East Cambridgeshire over allegations that he posted "unacceptable" messages online, it was revealed yesterday.





John Cowan reportedly left comments on motoring and dating websites in which he admitted illegally paying his cleaner cash-in-hand.



He also boasted about his sexual exploits, and said he would not want his children to marry a Muslim, according to the Sunday Telegraph.



A Labour Party spokeswoman confirmed today that Mr Cowan had been dropped.



"The allegations that came to light after nominations closed are totally unacceptable and well below what the party expects of our candidates," she said.



"The general secretary of the Labour Party has suspended the candidate from the Labour Party and we are taking action to ensure he is never again a Labour candidate.



"The Labour Party's relevant committees will be asked to consider whether he should be expelled from the Labour Party."



South East Cambridgeshire is a Tory stronghold, which returned James Paice with a majority of nearly 9,000 at the last general election.

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