SNP to readmit MP Neale Hanvey after investigation into anti-Semitism

The Scottish MP was suspended from the SNP during last year's election campaign for sharing anti-Semitic social media posts

Neale Hanvey, who was elected MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath despite being barred from his party, will be allowed to rejoin the SNP.

Mr Hanvey apologised 'unreservedly' for posts on social media which he admitted were 'clearly unacceptable'.

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Neale Hanvey MP was suspended from the SNP.

He will now be allowed to rejoin the SNP group at Westminster from May - on the condition he completes an education course at a Holocaust centre.

The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities has described education and engagement as 'absolutely vital' in the fight against bigotry.

A spokesman added: "Although Mr Hanvey has apologised, meaningful engagement and education are crucial to demonstrating that he understands the seriousness of his actions and the impact that anti-Jewish racism has on real people."

Facebook posts

Mr Hanvey was suspended from the SNP when it emerged he had shared a post on Facebook in 2016 which showed billionaire George Sorros as a puppet master controlling world leaders.

He made another post which drew parallels between the treatment of Palestinians and the 'unconscionable treatment' of Jews in World War Two.

Mr Hanvey, a former councillor, issued an 'unequivocal' apology.