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NEWS STORY : Tahir Ali Apologies for “Blood on Hands” Comment


Tahir Ali, the Labour MP for Birmingham Hall Green, has apologised for his choice of words during Prime Minister’s Question Time. Ali said:

“Is it not now time for the Prime Minister to admit that he has the blood of thousands of innocent people on his hands, and time for him to commit to demanding an immediate ceasefire and an ending of the UK’s arms trade with Israel?”

Sunak didn’t respond directly to the question, replying:

“That is the face of the changed Labour party.”

Posting later on Twitter, Ali apologised, saying:

“Earlier at PMQs I asked the Prime Minister about the actions of Israel in Gaza. This is obviously a deeply emotive issue. While I do not resile from my strongly held views on the situation in the Middle East I would like to apologise for the way in which I described the Prime Minister in my question. We all have a responsibility to be respectful in the language that we use, even when discussing difficult and, at times, sensitive issues.”