General Election 2024: The Labour MPs Who Oppose Israel’s Genocide in Gaza, and Those Who Support It

19.6.24

A protest against Labour leader Keir Starmer, as he made speech at Chatham House in London in October 2023 (Photo: Guy Smallman).

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Ever since Rishi Sunak announced that a General Election would take place on July 4, some commentators have been suggesting that those of us who are implacably opposed to Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza — as all decent people should be — should boycott the Labour Party entirely, because of the unconditional support for Israel demonstrated by Keir Starmer and key members of his shadow cabinet.

Starmer, shamefully, told LBC on October 11 that Israel had “the right” to withhold power and water from Gaza, while claiming that, “Obviously, everything should be done within international law”, even though, as a former human rights lawyer, he must have known that international law prohibits withholding power and water from a civilian population, because it is collective punishment, and a war crime under Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, which entered into force in October 1950.

Emily Thornberry and David Lammy were also criticised for statements they made in the first week of Israel’s ultra-violent response to the deadly attacks by Hamas and other militants on October 7, and were all included in “a notice of intention to prosecute UK politicians for their role in aiding and abetting Israel’s perpetration of war crimes”, issued on October 16 by the International Centre of Justice for Palestinians (ICJP), “an independent organisation of lawyers, politicians and academics who support the rights of Palestinians and aim to protect their rights through the law.”

Starmer’s position led to an exodus of councillors from the Labour Party, and appears to have permanently lost him votes, as is entirely appropriate. However, when it comes to the Labour Party as a whole, it is important to remember that not everyone in his genocide-friendly Labour Party shares his views. The most noticeable opposition is via the Socialist Campaign Group (SCG), bastions of commendable left-wing socialist views who remember and cherish the Labour Party’s origins, but other independent-minded MPs also still exist, and, together, these MPs defied the whip on a memorable evening in November, and voted for an SNP amendment calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, defying Starmer’s call for them to abstain.

I’ve listed these MPs below — as those who are worth voting for — but I’ve also listed the 60 or so other MPs who are all members of the lobbying group Labour Friends of Israel (LFI), and who, for the most part, shouldn’t be voted for because doing so would invite the taint of association with individuals who have failed to adequately condemn Israel’s genocidal actions.

Alarmingly, almost all of these 60 MPs, who include Keir Starmer, of course, are members of his full shadow cabinet, including front bench ministers, junior ministers, whips and other MPs involved in the Labour Party machinery.

LFI describes itself as “a Westminster-based lobby group working within the British Labour Party to promote the State of Israel”, but it has hidden its membership prior to the election, and it also refuses to disclose its funders. As Declassified UK noted in an article in January, a former British minister, writing anonymously for the Mail on Sunday in 2017, criticised its “opaque funding and underhand conduct” as a “national disgrace and humiliation” which “must be stamped out.”

Despite LFI’s secrecy, Declassified UK was able to establish in November that 13 of the 31 key members of Labour’s shadow cabinet — including Starmer, Angela Rayner, David Lammy and Lisa Nandy — have received donations either from LFI or from Sir Trevor Chinn, described as “a multi-millionaire business tycoon and long-time pro-Israel lobbyist.” 

One of LFI’s main projects is to pay for trips to Israel, with Rachel Reeves, David Lammy, Wes Streeting, Jonathan Reynolds and Emily Thornberry all having made visits, while Chinn has donated to numerous high-ranking Labour MPs, including Starmer, who “received a £50,000 donation from Chinn during his campaign for the Labour leadership in 2020 – and failed to declare this until after he’d won the election”, as well as Reeves, Rayner, Lammy, Streeting, Bridget Phillipson, Liz Kendall and Steve Reed.

Since October 7, I’m not aware of a single LFI member publicly distancing themselves from the organisation, even though, in January, the International Court of Justice issued “provisional measures” against the State of Israel on the basis that it was engaged in a “plausible genocide”, and, more recently, Karim Khan KC, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, announced his intention to seek arrest warrants — for war crimes and crimes against humanity — for Benjamin Netanyahu and Yoav Gallant, and three Hamas leaders.

Instead, as the LFI website shows, prominent Labour figures continue to work closely with the organisation, and it is, I believe, profoundly disturbing to realize that an incoming Labour government, packed with so many LFI supporters, will be so resolutely supportive of Israel that it will continue to fundamentally defend its actions — perhaps to the extent of seeking to discredit the international judicial bodies that are seeking to hold it accountable for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity — and will also resist efforts to ban all arms sales, and to impose sanctions and boycotts that may be the only practical way of making Israel end its relentless slaughter and to negotiate a settlement with the Palestinians that finally allows them freedom and autonomy.

The Labour MPs worth voting for

On the crucial ceasefire vote back in November, 56 Labour rebels defied the whip on the ceasefire vote. 49 are standing for re-election on July 4, and all (or almost all) are, as a result, worth voting for.

Many of them, as noted by ‘ICC’ after their names and constituencies, also signed a recent cross-party letter calling on the government to “do all it can to support the International Criminal Court” (ICC), after Karim Khan’s announcement , on May 20, was greeted with outrage in the US, while Rishi Sunak called it “deeply unhelpful”, and Keir Starmer squirmed in silence. As Middle East Eye reported on June 1, while the Labour Party backed the ICC announcement, and David Lammy “defended the court last week, saying the UK has a legal obligation to comply with a warrant if issued”, Jane Hartley, the US Ambassador to the UK, said, “I don’t think Keir Starmer has said that, has he?”, and suggested that he “would not honour [the] arrest warrants.”

Eight of these MPs lost their positions in the shadow cabinet as a result of the vote, as did two Parliamentary Private Secretaries. They include four SCG members who had been allowed into Starmer’s centre-right tent, leaving only three SCG members on the inside as a result. Please also note that some are members of Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East, as pointed out by the inclusion of ‘LFPME’ before their names.

The eight former members of the shadow cabinet worth voting for

LFPME Paula Barker – Liverpool Wavertree (ex-SCG, left the group this year) + ICC (resigned as Shadow Minister for Devolution and the English Regions to vote for a ceasefire)

LFPME Rachel Hopkins – Luton South (now Luton South and South Bedfordshire) (SCG)  + ICC (resigned as Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office to vote for a ceasefire) 

LFPME Afzal Khan – Manchester Gorton (now Manchester Rusholme) + ICC (resigned as Shadow Minister for Exports to vote for a ceasefire)

LFPME Sarah Owen – Luton North + ICC (resigned as Shadow Minister for Local Government to vote for a ceasefire)

Jess Phillips – Birmingham Yardley + ICC (resigned as Shadow Minister for Domestic Violence and Safeguarding to vote for a ceasefire). The only contentious MP in this group, Phillips was listed as an LFI supporter on the group’s website, although she claims not to be a member. Her most vocal opponent is Jody McIntyre, an Independent, disabled Muslim convert. See his campaign here.

LFPME Yasmin Qureshi – Bolton South East (now Bolton South and Walkden) + ICC (resigned as Shadow Minister for International Development to vote for a ceasefire)

LFPME Naz Shah – Bradford West + ICC (resigned as Shadow Minister for Crime Reduction to vote for a ceasefire)

LFPME Andy Slaughter – Hammersmith (now Hammersmith and Chiswick) (sacked as Shadow Solicitor General for voting for a ceasefire)

The two Parliamentary Private Secretaries worth voting for

Dan Carden – Liverpool Walton (ex-SCG, left the group this year) (resigned as Rachel Reeves’ PPS to vote for a ceasefire)

LFPME Mary Kelly Foy – City of Durham (SCG) + ICC. (resigned as Angela Rayner’s PPS to vote for a ceasefire)

The Socialist Campaign Group members worth voting for

The following, many of whom will be well-known to anyone with an interest in left-wing socialist politics, all voted for the ceasefire amendment, and are all clearly worth voting for. I know many of them from my work over the years on the US’s  prison at Guantánamo Bay, when some were involved in working for the release of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in the prison, who was freed in 2015, and others have, more recently, been involved in the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Closure of the Guantánamo Bay Detention Facility.

Diane Abbott – Hackney North and Stoke Newington + ICC. Abbott voted as an independent at the time of the vote, because she had been suspended for writing a letter to the Observer in April 2023, for which she later apologised, stating that Irish, Jewish and Traveller people didn’t suffer from racism in the same way as Black people. She was not reinstated until May 28, 2014.

LFPME Tahir Ali – Birmingham Hall Green (now Birmingham Hall Green and Moseley) + ICC

LFPME Apsana Begum – Poplar and Limehouse + ICC

Olivia Blake – Sheffield Hallam + ICC. Blake was unable to attend the vote because she was undergoing medical treatment in Sheffield, but made clear that she would voted for an immediate ceasefire.

LFPME Richard Burgon – Leeds East + ICC

LFPME Dawn Butler – Brent Central (now Brent East) + ICC

LFPME Ian Byrne – Liverpool West Derby + ICC

LFPME Marsha de Cordova – Battersea + ICC

LFPME Imran Hussain – Bradford East + ICC

LFPME Ian Lavery – Wansbeck (now Blyth and Ashington) + ICC

Clive Lewis – Norwich South + ICC

Rebecca Long-Bailey – Salford and Eccles (now Salford) + ICC

LFPME Rachael Maskell – York Central + ICC

LFPME Andy McDonald – Middlesbrough (now Middlesbrough and Thornaby East) + ICC. McDonald voted as an independent at the time of the vote, after he had been suspended for making the following statement at a pro-Palestinian rally: “We will not rest until we have justice. Until all people, Israelis and Palestinians, between the river and the sea, can live in peaceful liberty.” He had the whip restored in March 2024.

LFPME John McDonnell – Hayes and Harlington + ICC

LFPME Grahame Morris – Easington + ICC

Kate Osamor – Edmonton (now Edmonton and Winchmore Hill) + ICC. In January 2024, she was suspended for writing, in her weekly newsletter, that, on Holocaust Memorial Day, there was an ‘“international duty” to remember not only the victims of the Holocaust, but also “more recent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and now Gaza.” She had the whip restored in May 2024.

LFPME Kate Osborne – Jarrow (now Jarrow and Gateshead East) + ICC

LFPME Bell Ribeiro-Addy – Streatham (now Clapham and Brixton Hill) + ICC

LFPME Zarah Sultana – Coventry South + ICC

Jon Trickett – Hemsworth + ICC

LFPME Nadia Whittome – Nottingham East + ICC

Other MPs who also voted for the ceasefire amendment and are worth voting for

The following Labour MPs (not members of the SCG) also resisted Keir Starmer’s order to abstain on the SNP amendment, and, again, I believe all (or almost all) are worth voting for.

LFPME Debbie Abrahams – Oldham East and Saddleworth + ICC. Unable to attend the vote because of a prior charity event commitment, she explained that, “If I had been in Parliament, I would have voted for a ceasefire.”

Rosena Allin-Khan – Tooting + ICC

Clive Betts – Sheffield South East

LFPME Sarah Champion – Rotherham

Stella Creasy – Walthamstow

Judith Cummins – Bradford South

Peter Dowd – Bootle

LFPME Kate Hollern – Blackburn + ICC. Despite Hollern’s vote for a ceasefire, former Ambassador Craig Murray is standing against her for the Workers Party.

LFPME Rupa Huq – Ealing Central and Acton + ICC

LFPME Emma Lewell-Buck – South Shields

Khalid Mahmood – Birmingham Perry Barr

Cat Smith – Lancaster and Fleetwood (now Lancaster and Wyre)

Alex Sobel – Leeds North West (now Leeds Central and Headingley)

LFPME Stephen Timms – East Ham

LFPME Valerie Vaz – Walsall South (now Walsall and Bloxwich)

Mohammad Yasin – Bedford + ICC

Three LFI members who voted for a ceasefire and who may, therefore, be worth voting for

Although members of LFI, the following three MPs also defied the whip and voted for the SNP amendment calling for ceasefire.

LFPME Liam Byrne – Birmingham Hodge Hill (now Birmingham Hodge Hill and Solihull North) + ICC

Barry Gardiner – Brent North (now Brent West) + ICC

Fabian Hamilton – Leeds North East

The Labour MPs who don’t deserve your votes

In contrast to the above, the MPs listed below, including significant numbers of members of the shadow cabinet, are all members of LFI, and all, of course, abstained on the SNP amendment. It is, however, worth noting that some of them are also members of Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East, and, as a result, some investigation may be worthwhile to ascertain which of them have a genuine commitment to Palestinian rights.

Shadow cabinet

Sir Keir Starmer – Holborn and St Pancras

The would-be Prime Minister is being challenged by Andrew Feinstein, a South African author and former politician, who served under Nelson Mandela as an ANC MP in South Africa, and is standing as an independent candidate. See his campaign here.

Rachel Reeves – Leeds West (now Leeds West and Pudsey) (Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer). Reeves is a vice-chair of LFI.

Yvette Cooper – Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford (now Pontefract, Castleford and Knottingley) (Shadow Home Secretary)

David Lammy – Tottenham (Shadow Foreign Secretary)

Hilary Benn – Leeds Central (now Leeds South) (Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland)

Thangam Debbonaire – Bristol West (now Bristol Central) (Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport). Debbonaire is being challenged by Carla Denyer, the co-leader of the Green Party, who has a good chance of winning. See Owen Jones’ article here, and see Carla’s campaign here.

Darren Jones – Bristol North West (Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury)

Liz Kendall – Leicester West (Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions)

Peter Kyle – Hove (now Hove and Portslade) (Shadow Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology). Kyle is a vice-chair of LFI.

Pat McFadden – Wolverhampton South East (Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and National Campaign Coordinator). McFadden is a vice-chair of LFI, and was criticised in April when, asked being asked if Labour was comfortable selling arms to Israel, he told Sky News, “We are selling arms to allies who are abiding by international humanitarian law.”

Bridget Phillipson – Houghton and Sunderland South (Shadow Secretary of State for Education)

Lucy Powell – Manchester Central (Shadow Leader of the House of Commons)

Ellie Reeves – Lewisham West and Penge (now Lewisham West and East Dulwich) (Deputy National Campaign Coordinator)

Jonathan Reynolds – Stalybridge and Hyde (Shadow Secretary of State for Business and Trade). Reynolds is a vice-chair of LFI.

LFPME Wes Streeting – Ilford North (Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care). Streeting is being challenged by Leanne Mohamad, a British Palestinian activist who is standing as an independent. See her campaign here.

Emily Thornberry – Islington South and Finsbury (Shadow Attorney General)

Junior ministers in the shadow cabinet

Mike Amesbury – Weaver Vale (now Runcorn and Helsby)

Fleur Anderson – Putney

LFPME Chris Bryant – Rhondda (now Rhondda and Ogmore)

Feryal Clark – Enfield North

Janet Daby – Lewisham East

Ashley Dalton – West Lancashire

Alex Davies-Jones – Pontypridd

Chris Elmore – Ogmore (now Bridgend)

LFPME Florence Eshalomi – Vauxhall (now Vauxhall and Camberwell Green)

Chris Evans – Islwyn (now contesting Caerphilly). Evans is a vice-chair of LFI.

LFPME Preet Kaur Gill – Birmingham Edgbaston

Lilian Greenwood – Nottingham South

Dame Nia Griffith – Llanelli

LFPME Andrew Gwynne – Denton and Reddish (now Gorton and Denton)

Dan Jarvis – Barnsley Central (now Barnsley North)

Mike Kane – Wythenshawe and Sale East

Alison McGovern – Wirral South (now contesting Birkenhead)

Catherine McKinnell – Newcastle upon Tyne North. McKinnell is a vice-chair of LFI.

LFPME Stephen Morgan – Portsmouth South

Alex Norris – Nottingham North (now Nottingham North and Kimberley)

Abena Oppong-Asare – Erith and Thamesmead

Toby Perkins – Chesterfield

LFPME Michael Shanks – Rutherglen and Hamilton West (now Rutherglen)

Karin Smyth – Bristol South

LFPME Gareth Thomas – Harrow West

Karl Turner – Kingston upon Hull East

Catherine West – Hornsey and Wood Green (now Hornsey and Friern Barnet)

Whips

LFPME Mary Glindon – North Tyneside (now Newcastle upon Tyne East and Wallsend)

Keir Mather – Selby and Ainsty (now Selby)

Taiwo Owatemi – Coventry North West

LFPME Jeff Smith – Manchester Withington

Christian Wakeford – Bury South. A former Tory who defected to Labour, Wakeford is a vice-chair of LFI.

Others involved in the Party machinery

Neil Coyle – Bermondsey and Old Southwark

Rosie Duffield – Canterbury

Dame Angela Eagle – Wallasey

Carolyn Harris – Swansea East (now Neath and Swansea East)

Sharon Hodgson – Washington and Sunderland West (now Washington and Gateshead South). Hodgson is a vice-chair of LFI.

Dame Diana Johnson – Kingston upon Hull North (now Kingston upon Hull North and Cottingham). Johnson is a vice-chair of LFI.

LFPME Kim Leadbeater – Batley and Spen (now Spen Valley)

Siobhain McDonagh – Mitcham and Morden

Graham Stringer – Blackley and Broughton (now Blackley and Middleton South)

Derek Twigg – Halton (now Widnes and Halewood)

This is only a partial list of Labour MPs who are standing for re-election. Around 60 others who are not LFI members also abstained on the ceasefire vote, although they may have done so solely to retain the whip, rather than through specific support for Israel, as all are involved to some extent or another in the machinery of Starmer’s shadow cabinet — eleven are shadow cabinet ministers, while the rest are junior ministers or whips, or have some other role in the Party machinery.

Three of these shadow cabinet members, however, are also worth boycotting, because, while not officially listed as LFI supporters, they have all demonstrated close ties to Israel, as exposed by Declassified UK. These three are:

Lisa Nandy – Wigan (Shadow Cabinet Minister for International Development)

Angela Rayner – Ashton-under-Lyne (Deputy Leader, Shadow Deputy Prime Minister and Shadow Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

Steve Reed – Croydon North (now Streatham and Croydon North) (Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

In conclusion, I’d like to encourage anyone planning to vote for Labour to scrutinise carefully the new candidates standing — many of whom will become MPs if the opinion polls are accurate — as some of them are clearly also part of the pro-Israel consensus that Keir Starmer is seeking to consolidate in his government.

All are worth investigating, but one particularly unpleasant individual should clearly be avoided at all costs — Luke Akehurst, who has been parachuted into the safe seat of Durham North. A virulent non-Jewish Zionist, Akehurst played a major role in purging the left (and critics of Israel) from the Party via his role on Labour’s NEC (National Executive Committee), and is the director of a blatantly pro-Israeli lobbying group, We Believe in Israel. When his candidacy was announced, he deleted much of his contentious history on X, but he still stands by a post in which he called the UN antisemitic, an outrageous position that compares with some of the wilder claims of Israel’s most unhinged propagandists.

And the final word? Well, that goes to Jeremy Corbyn, who has been obliged to stand as an independent candidate in Islington North, the constituency he represented as a Labour MP for over 40 years, after being expelled from the Party on May 24 this year.

In many ways, Corbyn’s expulsion typifies everything that is so alarming about Keir Starmer’s pro-Israel Labour Party, as it relates to a monstrously unjust and unfounded witch hunt that was determined to hold him accountable for almost entirely non-existent claims of antisemitism within the Labour Party.

With hindsight, this can be seen as a high-profile attempt by Israeli supporters and lobbyists to unequivocally equate criticism of the actions of the State of Israel with antisemitism, which has, of course, been weaponised to an alarming degree by Israel and its supporters since October 7, in an absurd but influential effort to claim that any criticism of its genocidal actions in Gaza is antisemitic.

Corbyn was suspended in 2020, after an Equalities and Human Rights Commission report found evidence of harassment and discrimination within the Party, and he responded by stating, accurately, that “the scale of the problem was … dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents inside and outside the party, as well as by much of the media.”

Today, a poll undertaken by the Independent shows that “56 per cent of all voters say he should be readmitted” to the Labour Party, a figure rising to 80% amongst Labour voters. If you want to help him retain his seat as in independent candidate — although personally I don’t see him struggling to win, as he is such a well-loved representative of the people in his constituency — please see his campaign here.

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Andy Worthington is a freelance investigative journalist, activist, author, photographer (of an ongoing photo-journalism project, ‘The State of London’), film-maker and singer-songwriter (the lead singer and main songwriter for the London-based band The Four Fathers, whose music is available via Bandcamp). He is the co-founder of the Close Guantánamo campaign (see the ongoing photo campaign here) and the successful We Stand With Shaker campaign of 2014-15, and the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison and of two other books: Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion and The Battle of the Beanfield. He is also the co-director (with Polly Nash) of the documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (available on DVD here, or you can watch it online here, via the production company Spectacle, for £2.50).

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17 Responses

  1. Andy Worthington says...

    When I posted this on Facebook, I wrote:

    My thoughts on Israel’s genocide in Gaza, the Labour Party and the forthcoming General Election in the UK, in response to some commentators stating that Labour should be boycotted in its entirety, because of the unconditional support for Israel demonstrated by Keir Starmer and other members of the shadow cabinet.

    In response, I’ve compiled a list of around 60 Labour MPs who are worth voting for, based largely on the rebels who defied the whip and voted for an SNP amendment in November calling for an immediate ceasefire, and who include all of the remaining left wingers in Starmer’s centre-right pro-Israel Party.

    I’ve also compiled a second list of around 60 MPs who don’t deserve your vote. These include Starmer himself and, mostly, members of the shadow cabinet, shadow junior ministers, whips and other members of the Party machinery who are all members of Labour Friends of Israel, and who have not shown any signs of dissent from the Party’s overall support for Israel, despite the International Court of Justice, in January, issuing “provisional measures” against the State of Israel on the basis that it was engaged in a “plausible genocide”, and, more recently, Karim Khan KC, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, announcing his intention to seek arrest warrants — for war crimes and crimes against humanity — for Benjamin Netanyahu and Yoav Gallant, and three Hamas leaders.

    It’s taken me many days to compile this list, and I welcome your feedback.

  2. Andy Worthington says...

    Jane Ecer wrote:

    Thank you for all your effort, Andy!

  3. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks for appreciating it, Jane. I started working on it because I have a lot of time for Labour’s surviving left-wing MPs, and I thought the calls by some commentators to boycott the Labour Party entirely were profoundly unfair to them.

    It’s not their fault that the Labour Party has been hijacked – yet again – by what Walter Wolfgang, the Labour peace activist ejected from the Party Conference in 2005 at the age of 82 for opposing the war in Iraq, called “a neoliberal cabal” – this time with added genocidal intent on Israel’s behalf.

    Once I started, it became clear that I needed to properly assess the extent to which Starmer and his shadow cabinet are involved with Israel, because it’s genuinely quite shocking – although it took quite a lot of work!

  4. Andy Worthington says...

    When Ruth Gilburt shared this, she wrote:

    On the nail – from Andy.

  5. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks, Ruth. I had hoped that all the effort was worth something! Ironically, of course, much of it is sadly of little practical purpose when it comes to voting – not because there’s no purpose in pointing out which MPs may be a threat to our democracy and to international humanitarian law, but because so many of them have commanding majorities, and anyone who votes against them will, literally, be wasting their votes.

    I have a dream that Labour’s huge majority doesn’t emerge, and that the LibDems, SNP, PC, Greens and independents hold the balance of power, leading to the implementation of a grown-up proportional representation system. Well, we have to dream, don’t we?

  6. Andy Worthington says...

    Jason Símon de Souza wrote:

    Unfortunately, Andy, a vote for anyone on that “good” list is still a vote for Labour and Starmer.

    Yes it’s not their fault that the party has been hijacked once more (or arguably just restored to its Diet Tory role) but where’s their integrity? They have a choice and they’ve opted to stay and give legitimacy and support to Starmer.

    That includes Abbott – who despite being treated horrendously by the party and spending ages publicly criticising Labour’s stance on Palestine – is happily running under their banner. She would’ve won effortlessly as an Indy.

    I don’t buy that defections would give the Tories a victory because they can’t win no matter what happens now and Starmer is offering a near identical Tory agenda.

  7. Andy Worthington says...

    Great to hear from you, Jason. I understand your perspective on all of this, but I can also understand why it’s so hard for left-wing Labour MPs to leave the Party to stand as independents – hence the Walter Wolfgang analogy. Some of them stayed on through the Iraq War, for example, while vehemently opposing it, and while I appreciate your ‘Diet Tory’ analogy, it’s also worth remembering that when some of these MPs recall Labour before it was hijacked, they’re talking about the 1980s, long before Tony Blair.

    I suppose we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. If Starmer is as tyrannical as I suspect he may be, even with a big majority, he and the rest of his creepy authoritarians won’t rest until they’re removed the whip from anyone who dares to hold left-wing views ….

  8. Andy Worthington says...

    Anna Giddings wrote:

    I find it so hard to believe no one will ever be held accountable for for all these murders. As always, thank you Andy.

  9. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks, Anna. It’s obviously not over yet when it comes to theoretical accountability, although the coming months will see if international humanitarian law survives, or if Israel has killed it. I hope for the former, but what I hope for most of all, of course, is for some way to be found to bring the unforgivable slaughter of the Palestinians to an end, and as soon as possible, although how that is to be achieved when there is such extreme reluctance in the west to actually condemn Israel is difficult to see.

    It’s still so absolutely gut-wrenching to be living with this every day, even safe and far away, and trying to imagine what it is like on the ground in Gaza. Every day is like a hammer blow to any viable notion that we are anything other than the most vile and bestial creatures to have walked the earth.

  10. Andy Worthington says...

    Dez Mundie wrote:

    Always an insightful analysis.

  11. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks for the supportive words, Dez. Good to hear from you.

  12. Andy Worthington says...

    Pat Sheerin wrote:

    Thanks, Andy. I agree with the Don’t Vote For list but there’s a lot on the Do Vote Fors that I just couldn’t … Definitely not Jess Phillips but her opponent, Jody McIntyre is brilliant. Quite a few other iffy ones.

  13. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks, Pat. As I hope I made clear, I think Jess Phillips’s credibility is dubious, hence my mention of Jody McIntyre, and it will be interesting to see how the people of Birmingham Yardley respond. I’m also interested in your doubts about some of the others.

  14. Andy Worthington says...

    Anna Giddings wrote, in response to 9, above:

    Yes I totally agree with you. I’ve never known a mentality like it. Inhumane. When you think of the way the settlers treat the Palestinians and the torture the Palestinians go through in prisons. It beggars belief.

    It’s a great article Andy and very useful. Thank you.

  15. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks again, Anna. I’m so glad its useful. I do hope that we get as many MPs as possible who aren’t part of the cosy genocidal duopoly – the SNP, PC, the Lib Dems, Greens and independents. My dream is that Labour don’t get an outright majority, and that these parties get to hold the balance of power so we might finally get rid of FPTP. Obviously fantasising now …

  16. Andy Worthington says...

    Pat Sheerin wrote, in response to 13, above:

    Zarah Sultana, Andy McDonald and Diane Abbott are three I would definitely vote for (although, after the way Starmer treated her I really wish Diane had stood as an Independent).

  17. Andy Worthington says...

    I also have a lot of time for everyone who’s been involved with Guantanamo, Pat – John McDonnell, Rachael Maskell and Apsana Begum in the APPG (plus all John’s earlier work for Shaker), Richard Burgon, who welcomed Mohamedou Ould Salahi to Parliament with Jeremy, and Andy Slaughter, who went to Washington, D.C. for Shaker with Jeremy Corbyn.

    Plus, outside of Labour, Chris Law, the co-chair of the APPG, who recently welcomed Mansoor Adayfi to Parliament, and Layla Moran, who also welcomed Mohamedou to Parliament.

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Andy Worthington

Investigative journalist, author, campaigner, commentator and public speaker. Recognized as an authority on Guantánamo and the “war on terror.” Co-founder, Close Guantánamo and We Stand With Shaker. Also, photo-journalist (The State of London), and singer and songwriter (The Four Fathers).
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The Battle of the Beanfield

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Stonehenge: Celebration & Subversion

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Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo

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