The Muslim Vote reverses endorsement of three Labour candidates

Jun 11, 2024 by

from Religion Media Centre:

The Muslim Vote has reversed its stance on endorsing Labour candidates in the general election. The U-turn follows a backlash after it endorsed three Labour candidates – Naz Shah, Afzal Khan and Yasmin Qureshi – who voted for a ceasefire in Gaza last November, defying Labour whips.

Opposition to the endorsements came from people who said supporting any Labour candidate was unacceptable because of Labour’s decision to abstain on the ceasefire vote.

The Muslim Vote now says it will not endorse any candidates from the Labour or Conservative parties and it will take a “neutral stance” in some constituencies where pro-ceasefire candidates from the main parties are standing for election. In a statement it said it needed to prioritise “unity and empower the community as much as possible.”


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