Statement from Portsmouth Labour Party

The following statements are in regards to reports in today’s Portsmouth News on behalf of Claire and Portsmouth CLP.

Claire Udy said:

“I deeply regret the comments I made on my Twitter account in 2013, and profusely apologise for any hurt or distress this may have caused.

These remarks were made before I joined the Labour Party or indeed ever contemplated standing for public office. I have become more informed of the impact these views and words can have and hope I can prove through my actions they will never be repeated again”.

A spokesperson for Portsmouth Labour Party added:

“Portsmouth Labour Party’s Executive are aware of social media posts from Ms Udy’s personal account, and following concerns raised, this has been reported to the national party.

Portsmouth Labour Party would like to re-iterate that any form of anti-semitism or racism will not be tolerated in the party. We are working hard to root out it’s corrosive impact on our society”.