Social media claims another PPC’s scalp

Ill-judged comments posted on a social media site are believed to be behind the suspension of Labour's Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC) John Cowan.

He was suspended as the party’s South East Cambridgeshire candidate after making offensive comments on an internet forum, according to a report by the BBC.

A Labour parliamentary spokesman said Cowan’s actions were “totally unacceptable and well below what the party expects of its candidates”.

The would-be MP was expelled from the Liberal Democrats in 2004 after allegedly sending ‘sexual e-mails’.

Just weeks ago another Labour PPC, Stuart MacLennan, who was standing for the Moray constituency, was also suspended after he admitted posing a series of offensive messages on Twitter.

The declared candidates for the South East Cambridgeshire seat are: Christian Peoples Alliance: Daniel Bell; Liberal Democrat: Jonathan Chatfield; Labour: John Cowan; UKIP: Andy Monk; Conservative: James Paice; Green: Simon Sedgwick-Jell; Independent: Geoffrey Woollard.

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Richard joined Lakestar McCann as news editor in 2009 and over the past three years has run the company's daily news feed service. Prior to joining the team at Lakestar he worked as a business reporter at Crain's Manchester Business, and spent three years as a general reporter at the North West Evening Mail in Cumbria.

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