Darran Davies, who is standing in Hillingdon in London, is alleged to have shared an image of a man on Facebook with the words, “Wanted Jew Boy Reward $100”. Mr Davies shared the image on his personal Facebook page with the caption: “Guys have you seen this bloke.”
A friend of Mr Davies’ apparently commented that the message referred to him because he had not attended a local pub in some time.
Hillingdon Council’s Conservative group leader reportedly said: “The posting … relates to the use of an inappropriate nickname among friends. Although the comment was inappropriate and below the standards expected of a Conservative member this has been resolved by admonishing Mr Davies and reinforcing with him the standards expected of persons seeking to represent Hillingdon Conservatives. Mr Davies has shown deep regret for his lack of judgment and has apologised.”
A Conservative Party spokesperson said: “We are investigating the matter.”
A spokesperson for Campaign Against Antisemitism said: “It is difficult to see how someone who casually uses the phrase ‘Jew Boy’ in online interactions could be an appropriate election candidate for a major political party. The Conservatives will have explaining to do if this matter is simply buried. Zero tolerance means just that.”
Campaign Against Antisemitism advocates for zero tolerance of antisemitism in public life. To that end we monitor all political parties and strive to ensure that any cases of concern are properly addressed.