Green Party candidate ‘leaves the party’ after antisemitism probe

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Green Party candidate ‘leaves the party’ after antisemitism probe

Maddison Wheeldon is no longer the Greens candidate for Warrington North and blames 'right wing media painting me as an antisemite for my pro-Palestine stance'

Lee Harpin is the Jewish News's political editor

Maddison Wheeldon
Maddison Wheeldon

A Green Party general election candidate has confirmed she had “now left the party” after blaming the “right wing media painting me as an antisemite for my pro-Palestine stance.”

Maddison Wheeldon was selected as the party’s candidate for Warrington North last month, but newspaper reports revealed a succession of inflammatory posts on Israel and Zionism, made before and after she was selected as a candidate.

On April 8, she wrote that ordinary Israelis “are akin to the Germans that supported the Nazi’s [sic]”.

While on May 7 she claimed “Zionism is born in white supremacy” adding two days later that “Zionism also possesses an incredible amount of wealth and power; but we won’t back down.”

In response to the October 7 Hamas terror attack, she claimed Israel shared responsibility for the massacre.

The Greens, mired in extensive claims of antisemitism among candidates and members, confirmed they were investigating Wheeldon’s conduct following a report in the Telegraph.

Wheeldon has now posted on X:” Sadly I have to inform that I no longer have support of the Green Party, and am no longer allowed to be their MP candidate for Warrington North. A new candidate will be selected in due course. I want to offer my sincere apologies to those who have supported me, thank you.”

Asked to explain the situation, she added “because of the Telegraph and right-wing media painting me as an antisemite for my pro-Palestine and international law stance. Very sad day in all honesty, I have now left the party.”

The Greens leadership has repeatedly stressed it takes “any allegations of antisemitism within the Party seriously and refer them to our internal disciplinary procedures when necessary.”

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