What Greater Manchester MPs are saying about the Israel-Hamas conflict

Several Labour MPs in Greater Manchester have expressed support for Israel on X (formerly Twitter) after it was rocked by an unprecedented assault by Hamas this weekend. 

At least 800 people in Israel and 560 in Gaza have been killed so far as Israel continues to retaliate against the attacks.

Angela Rayner, MP for Ashton-under-Lyne, Shadow Deputy Prime Minister and Shadow Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, reposted a tweet by Shadow Foreign Secretary David Lammy after the attack on Saturday 7 October which said “there can be no justification for terrorism”.

Several other prominent Labour politicians also shared Lammy’s post “stand[ing] in solidarity” with Israel, including MP for Wigan Lisa Nandy and Shadow Leader of the House of Commons Lucy Powell.

Labour MP for Denton and Reddish, Andrew Gwynne, and Barbara Keeley for Worsley and Eccles South retweeted Lammy’s post as well as a similar message shared by opposition leader Sir Keir Starmer.  

Starmer blamed the surprise attack – on the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War – on “those who seek to undermine any chance for future peace in the region.”

Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds, a Labour and Co-op representative, also reposted Starmer’s tweet and shared another by Lammy expressing sympathy for the family of Nathaniel Young, a 20-year-old British soldier killed while serving in the Israeli Defence Force. 

Christian Wakeford of Bury South, who was originally elected as a Conservative before crossing the floor, tweeted his support for Israeli civilians – especially as the attacks were timed on a Jewish holiday. 

As of time of publication no Greater Manchester Tory MPs had tweeted on the matter except for Heywood and Middleton MP Chris Clarkson. 

Clarkson reposted several tweets attacking Starmer and the Labour party for its support of former leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose period as leader was undermined by anti-Semitism scandals. 

He also shared a post from the Downing Street account standing with Israel, but most of his retweets and own posts are from a party-political angle condemning Labour’s position and alleging they support Hamas. 

Of the 27 parliamentary constituencies in Greater Manchester, 18 are Labour seats and 9 Conservative. 

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