A Birmingham Labour local election candidate who claimed there was ‘no proof’ that Islamic State exists has been suspended as a school governor.
Law student Safia Noor apologised after the Birmingham Mail revealed the claims she made in a string of controversial Facebook posts.
The 25-year-old had been selected as Labour’s new candidate for the Small Heath ward in city council elections next year.
Now, Yew Tree Community School, in Witton, has confirmed she has been suspended as a parent governor while an investigation into her comments takes place.
Headteacher Shaukat Islam said: “This came to our attention on Saturday morning when we saw it in the Birmingham Mail.
“After receiving that information the trust made a decision to suspend her pending an investigation which is to be carried out.
“But her statements breach our code of conduct.”
The Labour Party declined to comment when asked if Ms Noor had been suspended or was subject of any investigation.
We revealed the controversial Facebook posts last week, including one about Westminster Bridge terrorist Khalid Masood.
On March 22, he mowed down innocent victims on the bridge, killing four people before stabbing police officer Keith Palmer to death.
The same day Ms Noor posted publicly on Facebook: “Can people relax and stop fighting on Facebook? Sadly people died in Westminster today but people die everyday in Syria Palestine Africa Rohingya Kashmir.. Need I carry on?!! Grow up and stop pointing fingers!”
In another message posted the same day, only to her followers, Ms Noor said: “Terrorist attack …and even the terrorist died?! Let me guess, he was a Muslim!”
On March 27, she commented on a Guardian article which carried the headline. “Westminster attacker Khalid Masood had interest in Jihad – police”.
Ms Noor posted to her followers: “So someone got stabbed after the attack last week as a result of media and government claiming that SO CALLED ISIS HAD CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY. There is no ISIS and there is no proof.”
After the Birmingham Mail contacted her last week, Ms Noor issued an apology.
“Having read these comments back I accept I should have chosen my words more carefully,” she said. “I didn’t intend to cause any offence and I apologise to anyone who found those comments offensive or upsetting. I completely condemn all terrorist acts.”