As the SKWAWKBOX reported earlier, Labour MP Catherine West last night announced that she was suspending her membership of the Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) group as a result of its ‘victim-blaming’ statement – subsequently deleted – about the massacre of unarmed Palestinians in Gaza on Monday.
Labour MPs and officials have come under increasing pressure to end their association with the group.
According to Palestine-focused news site Electronic Intifada, Ms West is not the only MP distancing herself from LFI. The site reports that Tulip Siddiq, Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, emailed a response to a constituent who had challenged her involvement with the group – she is listed as an ‘LFI Supporter in Parliament’:
Ms Siddiq’s email stated that she had never ‘signed up’ with LFI and that she would be approaching the organisation to check why she was listed.
LFI does not appear to publish a press office number, but the SKWAWKBOX has emailed the group:
Tulip Siddiq has reportedly emailed constituents stating that she has never signed up to be an LFI supporter and that she will be contacting you to query the fact that she is listed as a ‘parliamentary supporter’.
Please confirm by return:
- whether Ms Siddiq proactively joined your organisation
- whether any other MPs have ever been registered as LFI members/supporters without their explicit consent and if so, how many
- what the normal procedure is for an MP to be approached to join, or to proactively sign up for, membership/supporter status
A response is awaited.
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