THE Labour Party is re-interviewing a Council hopeful in the wake of a national furore over her comments about Jews, the Telegraph & Argus understands.

Former Respect activist Nasreen Khan has apologised for her comments, made on Facebook five years ago.

But after the T&A last week exclusively revealed she had made a shortlist for nomination as a candidate in next year's local elections, the party has once again found itself facing accusations of failing to deal with anti-Semitism.

Party members had been due to choose their candidate for the safe Labour seat of Little Horton at a meeting on Friday.

But now it is understood that an interview panel from the regional party will quiz Ms Khan about her remarks tomorrow evening, before deciding whether she should remain on the shortlist.

Ms Khan has so far not been available for comment.

Ms Khan had hit headlines in 2012, when, using the name Naz Kahn, she had said: “It’s such a shame that the history teachers in our school never taught us this but they are the first to start brainwashing us and our children into thinking the bad guy was Hitler.

“What have the Jews done good in this world??”

She has since apologised for her comments, saying in a statement last week: “I accept fully that it was inappropriate and unacceptable.

“I have travelled a long way since then and learned so much. I profoundly regret the comments I made in 2012 and any offence they caused.”

Rudi Leavor, chairman of Bradford Synagogue, had called Ms Khan's previous comments "odious", while also acknowledging that she had later apologised.

Today, he said it was “up to them” whether the party re-interviewed her before deciding whether she should remain as a potential candidate. He added: “I would say she’s not a fit person, but that’s my personal opinion.”

A spokesman for the online group Labour Against Antisemitism said Ms Khan's comments "were made some years ago and were in the public domain".

He said: "Yet just last week she made it to a shortlist of two to become the Labour Party candidate for a safe seat on Bradford city council.

"Did Yorkshire and Humber Labour know about Ms Khan before she was shortlisted?  Either they knew, and did nothing, in which case they have made a horrendous error of judgement, or they didn't know and are appallingly incompetent. 

"This is the Labour Party, a party that has made much of its record on tackling racism in the past, letting itself and the public down very visibly.  Jeremy Corbyn has talked a great deal about tackling antisemitism, but now he really has to take serious action to show a zero tolerance policy to race hate in his party."