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Labor drops support for Rochdale candidate over ‘new Israel comments’ – latest

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Sunak accuses Starmer of ‘standing by’ Azhar Ali after Israel remarks

Labor leader Keir Starmer is under pressure following the party’s ‘chaotic’ U-turn in favor of its Rochdale by-election candidate Azhar Ali, who allegedly suggested Israel allowed the October 7 Hamas terror attack to take place .

Ali had apologized after being recorded suggesting at a Lancashire Labor Party meeting that Israel had taken October 7 Hamas attack as a pretext to invade Gaza. He was initially supported by the party for his quick apology and retraction of his remarks.

But, in a spectacular fall Monday evening, the party said its support for Mr Ali had been withdrawn following “new information on new comments”. He was also suspended from the Labor Party pending an investigation.

The latest comments were revealed by the Daily Mail and came to the same Lancashire Labor Party meeting where Mr Ali made his previous remarks on Israel.

He reportedly declared that “media people in certain Jewish neighborhoods” “don’t care” about the MP. Andy McDonaldwho was suspended by the Labor Party after using the phrase “between the river and the sea” in a speech at a rally.

Martin Forde KC, who led an inquiry into anti-semitism within Labour, described the decision to withdraw support for Ali 36 hours after his initial comments were revealed as “pretty chaotic”.


Labor MP: Keir Starmer must stop ‘sitting on the big issues’

Rosie Duffield says her party needs to be clearer about what it stands for – and stop sitting on the fence on the big issues, Archie Mitchell reports.

The Labor MP also criticized Keir Starmer’s decision to roll back the party’s key commitment on green spending.

She said GB News : “I have no input into the future manifesto as a backbencher, but I know a lot of Labor MPs would really like some clarification on our policies in the future because we are always asked for it. I was really disappointed by the abandonment of the green commitments, as were many other Labor MPs who have been vocal, so it would be nice to have a little more clarity on these issues. A little less closure in the coming months.

“And we’re going to have to do it, aren’t we?” So people know what we stand for?

Asked if she herself thought she really knew what Labor stood for on some of the most important issues, she replied: “No. I think people are obviously developing our manifesto. So I hope we hear it very soon.

Ms Duffield also said her party had work to do to be clearer on trans issues.

She added: “We haven’t been very clear on these issues in recent years, but I mean, what can I say, I think we’re still in a bit of a pickle on this, to be honest. honest fact. I’m not sure that remaining hesitant on this issue can really win over the Labor Party and your friends.”

(PA Archives)

Matt MathersFebruary 13, 2024 08:44


Labor MPs say there is ‘disparity of treatment’ over antisemitism allegations

Labor MPs believe there is a “disparity of treatment” within the party over allegations of antisemitism, report lawyer Forde has said.

Martin Forde KC led the 2022 report which found factional conflicts between the right and left of the party under former leader Jeremy Corbyn, and that both sides had used antisemitism as a weapon.

He told BBC Radio 4 Today program that Labor’s decision to withdraw support for its Rochdale by-election candidate Azhar Ali, 36 hours after allegations of anti-Semitism emerged, “seems quite chaotic”.

Mr Forde said: “If you want a fair and transparent system it has to treat people consistently, and I am aware from discussions with some MPs in the party – who might be described as left-wing – that ‘They feel that when it comes to disciplinary action taken against them, things move rather slowly, but if you are in the right faction of the party, so to speak, then things are dealt with either more leniently , or more quickly.

“It’s the perception, I can’t quantify it, but I think it’s something that leaders should be concerned about, in some way, diluting, or if that’s indeed the case, they should be reassuring members of the organization, the voting public and their members that people will be treated fairly.

Matt MathersFebruary 13, 2024 08:26


Labor accused of ‘collapse’ despite not being among first advisers on morning broadcast

Housing Minister Lee Rowley accused Labor of “collapsed” after no shadow minister appeared at Tuesday morning’s media conference, amid criticism of remarks made by the election candidate Rochdale, Azhar Ali.

Mr Rowley told Sky News: “I mean, where is the Labor Party? Where are Labor today? Talking to people like you, they don’t.

“They’re going to collapse.”

Mr Rowley was told he was on “dubious ground” in accusing another party of collapsing while the government is “not always there”, to which he replied: “C It’s a party that hasn’t changed. This is a party that is willing to do anything to win government, and I hope people are watching it.

“They have no plan and they really get themselves into trouble over things like this.”

Housing Minister Lee Rowley

(PA wire)

Matt MathersFebruary 13, 2024 08:24


Full report: Labor shifts support to Rochdale by-election candidate as ‘new Israel remarks’ surface

But, in a dramatic fall on Monday evening, the party said its support for Mr Ali had been withdrawn following “new information about new comments”. He was also suspended from the Labor Party pending an investigation.

Matt MathersFebruary 13, 2024 08:20


Rwanda’s bills ‘need to be strengthened to avoid legal challenges,’ conservative colleague says

Rwanda’s asylum legislation proposed by the government “must be further strengthened to avoid possible legal challenges that would prevent it from achieving its objectives”, according to a conservative colleague.

Baroness Lawlor, speaking in favor of Amendment 32 to remove “relevant” domestic and international law from the Bill, told the Lords: “The first reason for this amendment is practical: there is no point in making a law that is unlikely to work and this unfortunately appears to be the case with the current bill unless it is amended.

“The second reason is deeper. There is no doubt that there is a popular desire for the small boats to be stopped and that one of the reasons the government was elected was to control our borders.

“Unless it creates a law strong enough to withstand any challenge that may come to it through domestic or international law, the government will fail the people on whose support the laws designed to govern Britain should be founded and trust the democratic system – with its political parties, Parliament, government and judiciary, will be lost.

Tara CobhamFebruary 13, 2024 7:00 a.m.


Rishi Sunak defends Rwandan politics under fire as voters question PM live on TV

Rishi Sunak defended his Rwanda policy under fire as the British public grilled the Prime Minister live on television.

Tara CobhamFebruary 13, 2024 06:00


Prime minister defends Rwandan policy as necessary “deterrent” against illegal immigration

The prime minister defended his commitment to Rwandan policy, saying it is necessary to “deter” illegal immigration.

Rishi Sunak was asked by a voter on GB News’ People’s Forum, a retired woman from Middleton-in-Teesdale, why he was “so adamant” about the Rwanda policy “when public documentation shows it does not doesn’t work and it doesn’t work. to work”.

Mr Sunak said it was necessary to tackle illegal immigration, adding: “In order to fully tackle this problem we need a deterrent.

“We need to be able to say quite simply and unequivocally that if you come to our country illegally, you will not be able to stay here.

“We want to be able to send you back either to your country of origin if it is safe, like we did with Albania, and for everyone else, we need an alternative and that is what Rwanda.

“So yes, we have made progress – down by a third – but to fully address this problem we need a deterrent. This is what Rwanda exists for and this is why I am absolutely determined to get this bill through Parliament and make this program operational.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at the GB News People’s Forum

(PA Media)

Tara CobhamFebruary 13, 2024 05:00


Minister admits Navy’s new embarrassment ‘unacceptable’ as warship fails to set sail

Alexander ButlerFebruary 13, 2024 04:00


Sunak accuses Starmer of ‘standing by’ Azhar Ali after Israel remarks

Sunak accuses Starmer of ‘standing by’ Azhar Ali after Israel remarks

Rishi Sunak accused Sir Keir Starmer of standing alongside Labor’s Rochdale by-election candidate Azhar Ali as he addressed members of the public at a GB News forum on Monday February 12. The Prime Minister said the Labor leader “stood by” the politician and “sent ministers to support him, until literally five minutes before I left this evening under enormous media pressure”. Labor withdrew its support for Mr Ali following criticism of his comments on Israel. Mr. Ali apologized after being recorded suggesting that Israel had authorized the Hamas attack on October 7 and used it as a pretext to invade Gaza. “The Labor Party hasn’t changed. It’s a scam,” Mr Sunak added.

Alexander ButlerFebruary 13, 2024 03:00


Senior Tories to lose seats as rural Tory vote collapses

Alexander ButlerFebruary 13, 2024 02:00


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