I’m still friend of Israel, insists MP who defected

BURY South MP Christian Wakeford, who defected from the Conservatives to Labour in January, assured constituents that he is still a friend of the Jewish community and Israel.

During an event at Manchester’s Whitefield Hebrew Congregation on Sunday night, he answered questions from members of the disgruntled electorate about his defection, combating antisemitism, and what a Labour government would mean for the Jewish community.

“I am still a committed friend of the Jewish community and Israel,” Mr Wakeford told the audience.

“Later this month I am taking part in March of the Living, so if there is one thing people can take away from tonight, I still am a friend of the community, and will be here to support all of you.

“I was elected to represent 78,000 people as an electorate and will continue to do so.”

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