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Labour has suspended Unite’s assistant general secretary from the party after he tweeted that Home Secretary Priti Patel “should be deported”.

Howard Beckett tweeted the comment after two men were detained in an immigration van in Scotland.

The union official later apologised for the tweet, which has since been deleted, as well as to Ms Patel.

While suspended from the party Mr Beckett is not allowed to take up his place on Labour’s ruling body.

He sits as a union representative on Labour’s National Executive Committee – a role that requires membership of the party.