“Throughout the past two days, there have been a number of misrepresentations of my words in the media. These have furthered baseless & extremely harmful accusations against me.”Andy McDonald MP
Statement from Andy McDonald MP
“I am saddened to receive the news from the opposition chief whip that I have been placed under “precautionary suspension” for a period of three months, which is reviewable pending an investigation by the Labour Party. I look forward to engaging and fully cooperating with the inquiry.
Throughout the past two days, there have been a number of misrepresentations of my words in the media. These have furthered baseless and extremely harmful accusations against me, which I feel obliged to respond to now, in order to avoid any further errors in the press.
In my speech on Saturday, I said the following: “Until all people, Israelis and Palestinians, between the river and the sea, can live in peaceful liberty”. These words should not be construed in any other way than they were intended, namely as a heartfelt plea for an end to the killings in Israel, Gaza, and the occupied West Bank, and for all peoples in the region to live in freedom without the threat of violence.
I will be happy to explain these views to the investigation when it convenes, and trust that the whip will be restored. In the meantime, for the sake of humanity, I hope and pray that we see an end to the war in Gaza , and steps are taken to a lasting peace.”
- This statement is reproduced in full from Andy McDonald MP’s X (formerly Twitter) account here.