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13 Feb 2024

John Curtice on Rochdale by-election: Labour vote will take a hit but may still win


Labour has withdrawn support for Rochdale by-election candidate Azhar Ali over comments he apparently made about Israel and Jewish people.

Labour had stood by Mr Ali when he claimed Israel had allowed the 7 October attacks by Hamas as a pretext to invade Gaza.

But it changed position after Mr Ali apparently also blamed Jewish media figures for fuelling criticism against a pro-Palestinian Labour MP.

John Curtice gives the latest polling update.

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