Labour in Turmoil as Eight Top Team Members Resign Over Gaza Ceasefire Dispute


Mutiny in the Ranks

Sir Keir Starmer, leader of the Labour Party, faced a major frontbench mutiny as eight members of his top team resigned over his refusal to support a ceasefire in Gaza.

Shadow Ministers Stand Down

Jess Phillips, Yasmin Qureshi, Afzal Khan, and other senior members of the party quit their positions in protest of Labour's stance on the Middle East conflict.

Defying Party Orders

Fifty-six Labour MPs defied party instructions to abstain and voted against an SNP amendment calling for an end to hostilities.

Support for Humanitarian Pauses

While Labour supports humanitarian pauses in the fighting to allow aid to reach Palestinians, they stop short of calling for a complete ceasefire.

Starmer Stands Firm

Sir Keir Starmer expressed regret over his colleagues' resignation but emphasized the importance of doing the right thing and showing leadership.

Voices of Dissent

Jess Phillips, Yasmin Qureshi, and Afzal Khan all voiced their concerns over the current military action and the need for an immediate end to hostilities.

Constituents' Views

Paula Barker resigned after her constituents overwhelmingly expressed their desire for a ceasefire, while Helen Hayes followed her conscience and backed a humanitarian end to the fighting.

Collective Responsibility

Frontbencher Naz Shah and others supported the SNP amendment, despite the risk of losing their positions due to the party's collective decision.

SNP Urges Moral Leadership

SNP Westminster leader Stephen Flynn called on Parliament to show moral leadership and vote in favor of an immediate stop to hostilities.

Tory MP Sacked

Tory MP Paul Bristow was sacked after advocating for a "permanent" ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

Personal Tragedy

Lib Dem MP Layla Moran shared her personal tragedy of losing a family member in Gaza due to a lack of access to medical care.