Starmer claims he took ‘decisive motion’ over Rochdale candidate amid backlash

Sir Keir Starmer insisted he took “decisive motion” after additional data got here to gentle in relation to Rochdale by-election candidate Azhar Ali on Monday.

Mr Ali apologised after he was recorded suggesting in a gathering of the Lancashire Labour Social gathering that Israel had taken the 7 October Hamas assault as a pretext to invade Gaza, however Labour has now withdrawn help from him forward of the vote on 29 February after one other recording appeared suggesting that he additionally blamed Jewish media figures for fuelling criticism in opposition to pro-Palestinian Labour MP Andy McDonald.

Posting on X, Tory Social gathering chair Richard Holden described Sir Keir Starmer as a “ethical vacuum” over the incident.

Labour MPs really feel there’s a “disparity in remedy” throughout the social gathering about antisemitism allegations, the writer of the Forde Report Martin Forde KC stated.

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