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Labour Candidate Sparks Controversy with Comments on Israel Ahead of Rochdale By-Election

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Labour Candidate Sparks Controversy With Comments On Israel Ahead Of Rochdale By Election

Labour is under scrutiny for its decision to defend the candidacy of Azhar Ali, who made controversial remarks regarding Israel, as the Rochdale by-election approaches.

Shadow minister Nick Thomas-Symonds condemned Ali’s comments as “completely and utterly unacceptable” but indicated that Labour would continue to support him in the by-election.

On the other hand, Conservative Party chair Richard Holden called for Ali’s suspension, accusing Labour of tolerating antisemitism to secure votes.

Azhar Ali’s alleged comments suggesting Israel’s involvement in a Hamas attack have sparked backlash, with calls for Labour to take action.

Despite facing criticism, Labour remains firm on campaigning for Ali in Rochdale, emphasizing the need to rebuild trust with the Jewish community.

Key figures such as former MP Louise Ellman and chair of the Jewish Labour Movement, Mike Katz, have expressed their concerns over Ali’s remarks and the impact on the community.

The by-election in Rochdale, scheduled for 29 February, has become a focal point for discussions around antisemitism and political accountability.

Rachel Adams

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