Remainer Labour candidate faces backlash for claim poppies endorse ‘legalised mass murder’

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In a Facebook message posted on the eve of Remembrance Day in 2014, Ms Threfall – who is standing in the marginal seat of Filton and Bradley Stoke – urged her followers to wear the white poppy for peace. The post was accompanied with a quote from Harry Patch, the last surviving soldier of WWI.

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Ms Threlfall wrote: “Politicians who took us to war should have been given the guns and told to settle their differences themselves, instead of organising nothing better than legalised mass murder”.

The former Labour councillor apologised after the post was unearthed by the Sun, saying: “It was a poorly articulated post quoting Harry Patch that I shouldn’t have posted and I realised this a long time ago and deleted it back then.

“I always wear a red and a white poppy to commemorate Remembrance Sunday and I’m a member of the British Legion.”

She added that it was “disappointing that the Conservatives are trying to politicise Remembrance Sunday by attacking me in this way”.

Ms Threfall will be contesting for the South Gloucestershire seat in next month’s general election, in a challenge against Jack Lopresti who has held the seat for the Tories since 2010.

Her chances were recently boosted after the Green candidate, Tom Meadowcroft, stood down in protest at the “rank opportunism” behind the Remain Alliance pact with the Liberal Democrats.

Ms Threfall is but one example of the string of election candidates who have been stung by past remarks.

In a cringe-worthy start for Labour’s campaign last week, three of the party’s candidates were forced to quit during a 24-hour period.

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A further nine MP hopefuls are facing a backlash for either their comments or posts they had shared on social media.

Gideon Bull pulled out of the race for Clacton in Essex after he referred to a Jewish councillor as ‘Shylock’ – a Jewish moneylender in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.

Mr Bull claimed he didn’t have a clue what the term actually meant and denied he used it to refer to councillor Zena Brabazon.

Frances Hoole was dropped as a Labour candidate for Edinburgh South West after posting an offensive tweet aimed at her rival, Joanna Cherry of the SNP.

READ MORE: Gina Miller squirms as BBC host uncovers huge flaw in tactical voting

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The slogan “Bang and the TERF is gone” was attached to the tweet, referring to trans-exclusionary radical feminist, widely considered an insulting term.

Ms Cherry said she had received a death threat and a “storm of misogynistic abuse” in the wake of the tweet.

Meanwhile, Tory candidate for Wakefield Antony Calvert was forced to stand down over historic racist and sexist comments on Facebook.

Mr Calvert had referred to London as “Londonistan” and criticised the appearance of Mary Creagh – who has been Wakefield’s MP since 2005.

Nick Conrad was also forced to quit over  “ill-judged comments” he made on the radio about a rape case.

The former BBC Radio presenter came under fire for saying women should “keep their knickers on” in an on-air discussion about rape in 2011.

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Remainer Labour candidate faces backlash for claim poppies endorse ‘legalised mass murder’

A REMAINER Labour candidate was forced to apologise after attacking people who wear Remembrance Day poppies for endorsing “legalised mass murder”. Old Facebook posts reveal Mhairi Threfall accusing supporters of the Poppy Appeal of backing the “blatant glorification of war”.

In a Facebook message posted on the eve of Remembrance Day in 2014, Ms Threfall – who is standing in the marginal seat of Filton and Bradley Stoke – urged her followers to wear the white poppy for peace. The post was accompanied with a quote from Harry Patch, the last surviving soldier of WWI.

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