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Rushanara Ali resigns as Shadow Education Minister over Iraq vote

Rushanara Ali

News Desk: The Commons has voted for air strikes against ISIL in Iraq. There were 24 Labour rebels but there has been one Shadow Ministerial resignation – Rushanara Ali has resigned as Shadow Education Minister after refusing to vote with the party whip on the vote. Ali abstained. Shadow Defence Secretary Vernon Coaker’s PPS Iain McKenzie was sacked for his No vote.

Ali is the MP for Bethnal Green and Bow. The last Labour MP for that seat – Oona King – lost her seat after voting for the 2003 Iraq War. The other Tower Hamlets MP Jim Fitzpatrick resigned over plans to launch airstrikes on Syria last year. It seems local concerns may have driven Ali from office.


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