Candidate in the clear over posts

NO ACTION: Liz Mahon stood for UKIP in the local elections this year
NO ACTION: Liz Mahon stood for UKIP in the local elections this year
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No further action will be taken against a UKIP candidate who was being investigated over a string of comments left on Facebook, the party said today.

Liz Mahon, who stood for the party in Garrison ward, in May’s local elections made posts hailing Enoch Powell, criticising Nigel Farage for paying tribute to Nelson Mandela and calling halal food ‘sick evil satanic’.

The politician made a number of her posts on the Facebook pages of the far-right English Defence League and Britain First parties.

At the time the party said the posts were “being investigated as a matter of urgency”.

But following a party meeting on Tuesday the party confirmed Ms Mahon had apologised and no further action over the posts would be taken.

Noel Matthews, Constituency Organiser for UKIP North West said: “The committee considered the evidence, they considered the remarks she made and they decided nothing in there was damaging to the party.

“Much of it was her own opinion, she is entitled to have those opinions, some people might not agree with those, some people will.

“A lot of the stuff posted to her [Facebook] wall was posted by other people and appeared on her timeline because she was tagged. She has apologised. She is a valued member of the branch and we decided to take no further action.”

Ms Mahon said she is “pleased” at the decision and just wants to get on with her life.”

The posts were made between August 2013 and February this year.