April 19, 2024

9 Labour councillors from Blackburn have resigned and fashioned a brand new political get together following Keir Starmer’s refusal to endorse a ceasefire in Gaza.

Criticism over the Labour management’s ‘pro-Israel’ stance has led to resignations [Getty]

9 councillors in Blackburn have introduced their resignations from the Labour Social gathering- amid ongoing controversy over the Labour management’s stance concerning Israel’s indiscriminate bombardment of the Gaza Strip, which is killing tons of of Palestinian civilians each day. 

Seven councillors together with former mayor Suleman Khonat introduced that they have been leaving the get together on Tuesday. Two councillors,  Amna Abdullatif and Shaista Aziz, stepped down final month after Keir Starmer made feedback showing to again Israel imposing a whole siege and chopping off water to the Palestinian enclave. 

“On Thursday, October 26, I participated in a gathering with the deputy chief of the get together, Angela Rayner. Regardless of my pleas and people of different elected members in attendance, the get together’s stance displayed a scarcity of empathy in the direction of the humanitarian trigger,” Councillor Salim Sidat stated in an announcement. 

“It’s evident that there isn’t any willingness from the get together management to undertake a humanitarian stance and even name for a ceasefire.” 


He continued, “I used to be deeply disenchanted with the views of our management. The decision for a ceasefire ought to have come from the Labour Social gathering. Whereas we perceive that the Israeli authorities might not heed such calls, it doesn’t imply we can’t apply strain on the Tory authorities.” 

The 9 Blackburn councillors have since fashioned a brand new impartial get together, in accordance with a submit on X, previously Twitter, by Tribune journalist Taj Ali.


Following information of the current resignations, Blackburn MP Kate Hollern issued a letter on Wednesday to the International Secretary James Cleverly, calling for a right away ceasefire, because the Palestinian loss of life toll approached 9,000.

“I’ve now acquired 2,000 e-mails because the Israeli Defence Pressure responded to the Hamas terrorist assault on October 7,” the Blackburn MP wrote within the letter. 

“The actions of Israel, not solely in current weeks however over a few years – taking land from Palestinians and depriving these individuals of their capability to exist in a free Palestinian state – have doubtless brought on deep-rooted anger and upset….

“Will you, like I, help a right away and absolute cessation of violence in order that assist can get to the place it’s wanted, hostages to be launched and the assorted events concerned to have the ability to get around the negotiating desk? 

“The scenario in Gaza is more and more determined and it breaks my coronary heart to see the information day out and in of harmless lives misplaced. No authorities ought to stand by and watch this occur,” Hollern added.

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