Labour wins UK elections in landslide, but suffers losses in heavily Muslim areas

by | Jul 5, 2024 | Religion

LONDON (RNS) — New British Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer celebrated a massive election victory on Friday after the Labour Party gained power with a landslide, securing a 170-seat parliamentary majority. Yet, losses in a handful of former strongholds — to independent candidates standing on pro-Palestinian tickets — suggests the new government will have work to do when it comes to earning back the trust of Muslim voters. Perhaps the biggest upset of the night was the defeat of one of Starmer’s loyal lieutenants, the shadow work and pensions secretary, Jonathan Ashworth, who lost his Leicester South seat, despite previously having a 22,000 majority.
Independent candidate Shockat Adam, who ousted Ashworth after 13 years as MP for Leicester South, won by just 979 votes. After his victory was announced, he said “this is for Gaza.”
Leading up to the election, organizers had conducted an intense drive to encourage Muslims to vote and to support candidates who had been more vocally supportive of Gaza and a cease-fire than official Labour candidates.
Among the other seats where Labour lost to independent candidates who made Gaza a key issue were:

Birmingham Perry Barr, where Labour’s Khalid Mahmood lost by 507 votes to Independent Ayoub Khan.
Dewsbury and Batley, where Independent candidate Iqbal Mohamed smashed the Labour vote to gain the West Yorksh …

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[mwai_chat context=”Let’s have a discussion about this article:nnLONDON (RNS) — New British Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer celebrated a massive election victory on Friday after the Labour Party gained power with a landslide, securing a 170-seat parliamentary majority. Yet, losses in a handful of former strongholds — to independent candidates standing on pro-Palestinian tickets — suggests the new government will have work to do when it comes to earning back the trust of Muslim voters. Perhaps the biggest upset of the night was the defeat of one of Starmer’s loyal lieutenants, the shadow work and pensions secretary, Jonathan Ashworth, who lost his Leicester South seat, despite previously having a 22,000 majority.
Independent candidate Shockat Adam, who ousted Ashworth after 13 years as MP for Leicester South, won by just 979 votes. After his victory was announced, he said “this is for Gaza.”
Leading up to the election, organizers had conducted an intense drive to encourage Muslims to vote and to support candidates who had been more vocally supportive of Gaza and a cease-fire than official Labour candidates.
Among the other seats where Labour lost to independent candidates who made Gaza a key issue were:

Birmingham Perry Barr, where Labour’s Khalid Mahmood lost by 507 votes to Independent Ayoub Khan.
Dewsbury and Batley, where Independent candidate Iqbal Mohamed smashed the Labour vote to gain the West Yorksh …nnDiscussion:nn” ai_name=”RocketNews AI: ” start_sentence=”Can I tell you more about this article?” text_input_placeholder=”Type ‘Yes'”]

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