Senior Labor MPs break ranks to call for Gaza ceasefire

Eight MPs defied Sir Keir Starmer to back a Commons vote calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.

MPs voted by 293 to 125, a majority of 168, to reject an amendment to the SNP's King's Speech calling for “all parties to agree to an immediate ceasefire” in Gaza.

Labor MPs had been ordered to stay away from the SNP's move and instead told to support Sir Keir's position calling for longer “humanitarian pauses” instead of a ceasefire.

Here, the PA news agency takes a closer look at those who rebelled.

Jess Phillips

Prominent frontbencher Phillips has been the MP for Birmingham Yardley since 2015 and served as shadow minister for domestic violence and protection under Keir Starmer until Wednesday.

Ms Phillips, who is a member of the Labor Friends of Israel group, said it was with a “heavy heart” that she resigned from the Labor front because of the party's stance on Gaza.

“I can see no way that the current military action does anything but jeopardize the hope of peace and security for anyone in the region now and in the future,” she wrote in her resignation letter.

Naz Shah

The frontman, who has long been a staunch supporter of Palestine, was forced to resign as John McDonnell's parliamentary private secretary in August 2016 over anti-Semitic Facebook posts.

The Bradford West MP, who served as shadow crime reduction minister until Wednesday, said her “inbox is full of messages” from constituents calling for a ceasefire.

Afzal Khan

The former shadow export minister was born in Pakistan and came to the UK aged 11.

Manchester MP Gorton became the city's first Muslim MP after being elected in 2017 and has also served on the Muslim Council of Britain.

Sarah Owen

The Luton North MP from 2019 was the shadow minister for local government and faith until her resignation.

In her resignation, Ms Owen said calls for a ceasefire were “resonating with the vast majority of the British public”.

Paula Barker

MP for Liverpool Wavertree since 2019, Ms Baker was shadow minister for devolution and the English regions until Wednesday.

Andy Slaughter

Mr Slaughter has served as MP for Hammersmith since 2005.

He is secretary of the All-Party British-Palestine Parliamentary Group and vice-chairman of Labor Friends of Palestine and the Middle East.

Yasmin Qureshi

The MP for Bolton South East since 2010 is a qualified solicitor and moved to the UK as a child from Pakistan.

Rachel Hopkins

MP for Luton South since 2019, Hopkins was Shadow Minister for the Cabinet from 2021 to 2023.

Dan Carden

Mr Carden has been MP for Liverpool Walton since 2017 and was one of eight LGBT MPs recently elected.

Mary Foy

Ms Foy has served as Durham City MP since the 2019 general election.