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Silence is golden for Labour on 'conspiracy theory´ Rochdale candidate

Labour's Rochdale by-election candidate, Azhar Ali, has faced criticism after a recording emerged of him suggesting that Israel deliberately used Hamas terror attacks as a pretext to invade Gaza. Despite calls for action, Labour is standing by their candidate. MPs and senior Labour figures who previously backed Ali have not been available for comment. Ali, who has apologized for his remarks, has been praised by Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, for his work in tackling antisemitism and Islamophobia. The Tories have called for Ali's campaign to be suspended and his Labour Party membership removed.

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