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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Keir Starmer to put forward Labour Gaza conflict vote

Keir Starmer to put forward Labour Gaza conflict vote

Sir Keir Starmer, leader of the UK Labour Party, is addressing the Gaza conflict by proposing a Commons motion that aligns with his stance, focusing on longer humanitarian pauses rather than an immediate ceasefire.

This approach has caused internal dissent within the party, with numerous MPs, frontbench members, and councillors publicly opposing it or resigning, including shadow minister Imran Hussain.

Starmer’s view is that a ceasefire might embolden Hamas and freeze the conflict, preferring short-term humanitarian pauses for aid delivery. This position is similar to that of the Conservative government, the United States, and the European Union.

The Scottish National Party (SNP) plans to challenge Labour’s position with a vote calling for a ceasefire. In response, Labour is proposing its own amendment, emphasizing Israel's right to self-defense and the need for humanitarian aid in Gaza. The decision to vote on these motions will be made by Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle.

Labour MPs may be directed to abstain from voting on the SNP motion, which condemns Hamas's actions and calls for an end to the Gaza siege. The situation highlights internal conflicts within the Labour Party and the complexities of addressing the Gaza conflict.


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