The Labour Party has suspended two candidates for the Brighton and Hove local election, following offensive comments posted on Twitter.

Daniel Gray, candidate for St. Peter’s and North Laine, and Alex Braithwaite, candidate for Wish, will remain on the ballot as the deadline for withdrawing nominations has passed. If either are elected, they will likely sit as independent councillors.

Gray reportedly posted messages on Twitter glorifying gang rape, along with abusive tweets targeted at female pop stars Jess Glyne and Jessie J.

Braithwaite was suspended after it was revealed by the Telegraph that she had made several tweets about Israel conspiracy theories and the Rothschilds, a family that have become scapegoats from antisemites and the far-right.

Labour have said they take all complaints of antisemitism and misogynist language very seriously and that both cases will be investigated fully.

A Labour spokesperson said: “Individuals who are suspended from the party can’t stand as party candidates. Due to electoral laws, those who are suspended after the deadline can’t be removed from the register, but they are not party candidates.”

The news comes after a Conservative candidate for Westbourne resigned from the party after a series of Islamophobic jokes on Facebook came to light.