• Trevor Meralls has been dropped as the candidate for Old Bexley and Sidcup 
  • Mr Merralls said he had quit but blamed a ‘vicious smear campaign’ for his exit 
  • The Labour Party gave a short statement but did not give a reason for removal 

Jack Doyle Executive Political Editor For The Daily Mail

A Labour Party Parliamentary candidate was ditched by the party last night amid allegations he was a Twitter account which posted offensive remarks about Muslims.

Trevor Merralls was removed as the party’s candidate in Old Bexley and Sidcup, a party spokesman said.

Mr Merralls said he had quit but blamed a ‘vicious smear campaign’.

He wrote on Twitter: ‘With great sadness, I have withdrawn my candidacy for Labour after a vicious smear campaign.’

Trevor Merralls (pictured) was removed as the party's candidate in Old Bexley and Sidcup, a party spokesman said

Trevor Merralls (pictured) was removed as the party's candidate in Old Bexley and Sidcup, a party spokesman said

Trevor Merralls (pictured) was removed as the party’s candidate in Old Bexley and Sidcup, a party spokesman said

Labour took the action after a report on the Buzzfeed website that Mr Merralls posted the offensive comments.

Mr Merralls strongly denies he is responsible for the account.

The party would not give reasons for the decision, stating: ‘Trevor Merralls has been removed as Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Old Bexley and Sidcup.

‘His replacement will be announced in due course.’

A spokesman for Mr Merralls claimed he would be protesting to Labour’s ruling National Executive Committee about the situation. 

Labour leader has ditched Mr Merralls over the claims, but the party would not give reasons for the decision

Labour leader has ditched Mr Merralls over the claims, but the party would not give reasons for the decision

Labour leader has ditched Mr Merralls over the claims, but the party would not give reasons for the decision

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