Sunak Axes Aide Who Advocated Israel Ceasefire

( – A British member of Parliament who was serving as a parliamentary private secretary for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Government was fired on Monday after he urged the prime minister to demand a ceasefire in Israel’s war against Hamas, the Washington Examiner reported.

Conservative MP Paul Bristow was fired from his position at the Department for Science, Innovation, and Technology after sending a letter to Prime Minister Sunak calling for a ceasefire to “save lives” and allow for humanitarian aid to continue to reach the Palestinian civilians in Gaza.

Bristow is the member of Parliament for Peterborough where the Muslim population is nearly twice that of the country as a whole. The Cambridgeshire city’s population is 12.2 percent Muslim while the total Muslim population of the UK is only 6.5 percent, according to the 2021 UK census.

Bristow told the UK Sun that Sunak “absolutely” made the right decision to fire him. He said while he regrets losing his position, thousands of his constituents “feel very strongly about this issue” and he believes he can represent them better “from the back benches” of Parliament than he could on “the Government payroll.”

Bristow’s firing is another example of the division between lawmakers from the Western countries that are among Israel’s most important allies.

In the United States, several Democrat lawmakers have also called on President Biden to urge for a ceasefire in the war that began on October 8, one day after Hamas terrorists broke the previous ceasefire and launched a series of brutal terrorist attacks against civilians in Israel that left more than 1,400 dead.

Politico reported on Monday that former staffers from Kamala Harris’ 2020 presidential campaign have been seeking signatures for a letter to urge Harris to seek a ceasefire in the war. The letter claims that Israel is using the October 7 attacks to “stage a retaliatory and genocidal campaign” against civilians in Gaza.

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