Labour MPs quit after Commons votes to reject ceasefire in Gaza- live

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Labour MPs quit after Commons votes to reject ceasefire in Gaza- live
A protester holds a placard and chants slogans during a rally in support of Palestinians, outside of the Houses of Parliament in central London on November 15, 2023, to demand Members of Parliament vote for a ceasefire in Gaza. MPs gathered at the House of Commons to vote on the King's Speech amendment calling for Gaza ceasefire. (Photo by HENRY NICHOLLS / AFP) (Photo by HENRY NICHOLLS/AFP via Getty Images)
A protester holds a placard and chants slogans during a rally in support of Palestinians, outside of the Houses of Parliament in central London to demand MPs vote for a ceasefire in Gaza (Picture: Getty)

Sir Keir Starmer has been hit by three resignations from his top team after facing a frontbench rebellion over his refusal to back a ceasefire in Gaza.

Three shadow ministers – Yasmin Qureshi, Afzal Khan and Paula Barker – quit on Wednesday evening, pledging to vote for an SNP amendment to the King’s Speech backing a ceasefire in Gaza.

The vote was later defeated after MPs voted 293 to 125, majority 168, to reject the amendment.

Sir Keir imposed a three-line whip on this evening’s vote which means anyone who voted against the amendment is likely to be sacked, effective immediately.

Meanwhile, IDF forces claim to have found a stash of weapons belonging to Hamas fighters stashed in Gaza’s al-Shifa hospital- claims both Hamas and hospital staff have strenuously denied.

It comes as the White House was forced to deny claims the US gave the ‘green light’ for Israel to launch their raid on the Al-Shifa hospital this morning, and have urged Israel to stop launching airstrikes on hospitals in the region.