The Kirklees Labor councilor quit the party over the position on Gaza

A long-serving Labor member for Kirklees has resigned from the Party over its stance on Gaza.

Councilor Mus Khan announced he was leaving the Labor Party on Sunday (May 12) due to his “deep concerns” about the current leadership and the leadership of the party under Sir Keir Starmer. Representing the Dalton ward, Cllr Khan is now an independent councilor and is the fifth to leave the Labor caucus since January.

It is also understood that as of last Friday (May 10), the councilor had been administratively suspended from the Labor Party, pending investigations, amid allegations of anti-Semitism and an attempt to split the Labor Group over the Israel-Hamas conflict.

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However, Cllr Khan has since hit back at the claims, describing them as “completely baseless” and a reflection of the “toxic and bullying environment” within the local Labor group.

In her resignation letter, Cllr Khan criticized the party’s stance and a “lack of accountability” when it comes to international issues, particularly what she described as the “genocide” in Gaza. The adviser says he believes this goes against “the moral and ethical standards expected of a potential prime minister”.

She also pointed to the “inadequate response to domestic issues”, such as the NHS and civil service crises, which “remain unaddressed” by the party’s current leadership.

The councilor said she was further forced to question the “moral compass” of the party’s leadership following the recent induction into the party of Natalie Elphicke, a Tory MP with “controversial views”.