Starmer urged to discipline Rochdale candidate over Israel-Gaza remarks

Calls for Labour leader to remove whip from Azhar Ali if he becomes MP, after his suggestion Israel ‘allowed’ 7 October attack

Keir Starmer has been urged to confirm disciplinary action for Labour’s Rochdale byelection candidate, Azhar Ali, if he becomes an MP, after he apologised for comments made about the Israel-Gaza conflict.

Some Labour MPs and members have voiced their concern at the leadership’s continued support of Ali and his campaign, saying it marks a “huge and disappointing shift” from Starmer’s promises of taking a “zero-tolerance” to antisemitism, and all forms of racism.

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