Backroom maneouvres underway to try to block SNP and Labour amendments to King’s Speech trying to protect Gazan civilians
Keir Starmer is hoping the Tories will support his attempt to prevent SNP and Labour backbench motions that call for an immediate ceasefire in the Israeli genocide in Gaza even getting to a vote in the Commons chamber, according to sources in Westminster.
According to parliamentary insiders:
Starmer’s motion will be heard first and if it passes the SNP amendment calling for a ceasefire will fall with no division [without MPs voting]. Only if Labour’s amendment falls will there be a vote on the SNP amendment.
The SNP thinks Starmer is trying to do a deal with the Tories to support Labour’s amendment order to deprive MPs of any opportunity to vote for a ceasefire – but there are also rumours that the Tories will vote against the Labour motion, which would mean the SNP amendment going to a vote, to put Starmer in trouble.
Keir Starmer is such a friend of apartheid and genocide that he is allegedly prepared to do a deal with the party that has killed hundreds of thousands of poor, sick and disabled people in this country in order to allow Israel to continue killing civilians in Gaza and to head off a revolt among Labour MPs disgusted at his willingness to enable war crimes and slaughter.
MPs have now gone to vote on Starmer’s amendment, so we’ll know soon.
Update: Starmer’s amendment fell heavily, despite his manoeuverings, by 183-290.
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