The Labour Party has suspended its candidate for South East Cambridgeshire over allegations of inappropriate comments on an online forum.

A party spokesman described the actions of John Cowan as "totally unacceptable and well below what the party expects of its candidates".

A decision will now be made whether to expel him from the party.

It had been reported that Mr Cowan had made a number of offensive comments on online forums.

Mr Cowan’s suspension comes too late for him to be replaced on the ballot paper.

He was unavailable for comment on Monday morning.

The declared candidates for the South East Cambridgeshire seat are: Christian Peoples Alliance: Daniel Bell; Liberal Democrat: Jonathan Chatfield; Labour: John Cowan; UKIP: Andy Monk; Conservative: James Paice; Green: Simon Sedgwick-Jell; Independent: Geoffrey Woollard.

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