The Scottish Liberal Democrats have today called on Nicola Sturgeon to explain why she would be willing to enter into a pact or partnership arrangement with Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party while it continues to cause anxiety to Jewish people across the UK for its failure to take action on cases of anti-Semitism within its ranks.
Liberal Democrat Leader Jo Swinson has resolutely ruled out partnering with Jeremy Corbyn because of his "utter failure" to root out the anti-Semitism that plagues the Labour party.
The SNP has over the course of the last week withdrawn its support for Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath candidate, Neale Hanvey, because of allegations of anti-Semitic social media posts and similarly suspended Conduct Committee member Denise Findlay.
Scottish Liberal Democrat Campaign Chair Alex Cole-Hamilton said:
"The values of equality must come before party political gain.
"The Liberal Democrats have very clearly ruled out partnering with Jeremy Corbyn because of his failure to address serious and distressing cases of anti-Semitism within the Labour Party.
"Nicola Sturgeon acted swiftly to remove and suspend members who had used anti-Semitic language. She must now explain why she is willing to be part of a pact to put Jeremy Corbyn into power when he has not rooted out anti-Semitism in the same fashion, even when presented with it.
"There are serious questions to be answered about how the SNP could consider partnering with a Corbyn led Labour party who have failed to act on anti-Semitism for years and have left Jewish communities across the UK in a state of anxiety.
"The Liberal Democrats will always fight for a fair and equal society for all, free from racism and hatred."