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Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Fury as Warsi quits in Gaza row

Comment: Good for Warsi for expressing conscience. The only "fury" needed here is at those who persist in seeing this as a battle against Hamas when it is quite obviously genocide against the Palestinian people.


Shropshire Star

Lady Warsi, who was the first Muslim minister to sit in Cabinet, said she could not support a position which ran counter to Britain's national interest and risked radicalising a new generation of young Muslims.

Her resignation was met with ill-disguised fury among Mr Cameron's inner circle, with Chancellor George Osborne branding her action "disappointing and unnecessary".

But the move prompted renewed calls from some senior Conservatives for the Government to take a tougher line with Israel over its incursion into Gaza in the face of rising Palestinian casualties.

There were concerns among some Tories that - with the general election just nine months away - the Government's stance could cost them the support of Muslim voters in key battleground constituencies.

Although Lady Warsi had been signalling her concern over the Government's position for some time, her decision to walk out appeared to have taken No 10 by surprise.

With Mr Cameron out of the country on holiday in Portugal, she did not even wait for the traditional exchange of letters with the Prime Minister, using her Twitter page to post her letter on the internet.

"My view has been that our policy in relation to the Middle East peace process generally, but more recently our approach and language during the current crisis in Gaza, is morally indefensible, is not in Britain's national interest and will have a long-term detrimental impact on our reputation internationally and domestically," she wrote.

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