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Labour withdraws support for Rochdale candidate after Israel claims

Labour has withdrawn its support for Rochdale by-election candidate Azhar Ali after he made controversial remarks about Israel. Mr Ali had suggested that Israel used a Hamas assault as a pretext to invade Gaza. The party has stated that it is important for any candidate put forward by Labour to fully represent its aims and values. The decision to withdraw support for the candidate adds uncertainty to the outcome of the by-election.

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