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Palestine supporters target office of Sheffield Labour MP over failure to back Gaza ceasefire

A PROTEST was staged outside the constituency office of Labour MP Gill Furniss today over her failure to support a Commons motion calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.

The Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough MP obeyed Labour’s three-line whip ordering MPs to abstain on a pro-ceasefire motion put forward by the SNP last week.

Protesters wielded placards stating that the number of children killed in Gaza is roughly the same as the number of children attending 11 primary schools in the MP’s constituency – 7,000.

Constituents who support a ceasefire attended the peaceful protest, including Maria Vasquez Aguilar.

She told the Morning Star: “We are a group of local residents, all from different backgrounds, that have come together because we are angry at what she did.

“Some of us have considered her a good MP in the past but on this we feel badly let down.

“Palestinian lives are not expendable. This is about humanity, about ending the killing of children in Gaza.

“We felt it was right to come together as a community to protest.

“We do it with a heavy heart because we are aware she was put in this position by Keir Starmer. 

“It should have been a conscience vote but there was a three-line whip.”

The constituency office of Edinburgh South MP Ian Murray, shadow secretary of state for Scotland, was also picketed by Palestine protesters today.


 Graeme Weir
Protesters picket constituency office of Edinburgh South MP Ian Murray. Photo: Graeme Weir

Other prominent Labour MPs’ offices that have been targeted for protests since the ceasefire vote include London MPs Vicky Foxcroft and Rushanara Ali.

Ms Furniss was invited to comment.


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