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Labour councillor in Michael Shanks' constituency slams him for Gaza ceasefire abstention

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A Labour councillor in Michael Shanks' constituency has slammed the MP for his decision to abstain in a Gaza ceasefire vote in the House of Commons.Rutherglen and Hamilton West MP Shanks abstained in a vote demanding an end to fighting in Gaza in a King’s Speech amendment tabled by the SNP calling for an ‘immediate ceasefire’.A total of 56 Labour MPs defied the party whip to back the amendment, with eight shadow ministers quitting the Labour frontbench in support of the immediate ceasefire call.The Lanarkshire Live app is available to download now.

Get all the news from your area – as well as features, entertainment, sport and the latest on Lanarkshire’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic – straight to your fingertips, 24/7.The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories, and allows you to customise your page to the sections that matter most to you.Head to the App Store and never miss a beat in Lanarkshire - iOS - Android South Lanarkshire Councillor for Rutherglen Central and North ward, Martin Lennon, bashed Mr Shanks for not doing the same on X (formerly Twitter), and said: “Absolutely zero marks for my own MP, [Michael Shanks].

Michael gave it big licks about being his own man during his campaign. "And he added: "I hope he finds an issue worth standing up for soon.”Cllr Lennon was highly critical of the Labour selection process in which Mr Shanks was chosen as their candidate for the Rutherglen and Hamilton West by-election, which he labelled a ‘farce’ and ‘undemocratic’ after claims the ‘top three most popular candidates locally were all blocked' from standing.In an interview with Lanarkshire Live, he continued: “I am disappointed that Michael abstained in the vote but I am unsurprised

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