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Former Kirklees councillor Mumtaz Hussain leaves Labour Party over Palestine stance

A long-standing former Kirklees councillor has resigned from the Labour Party, attributing his exit to the party’s stance on the Israel-Hamas conflict under current leadership.

Mumtaz Hussain served as a Labour councillor for the Dewsbury West ward from 2006 to 2022 and was the longest-serving Mayor of Kirklees, having his term extended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, the former councillor appears to have followed in the footsteps of Cllr Ammar Anwar (Independent, Dewsbury West) who announced his resignation from the party at last week’s full council meeting, denouncing its leadership.

In a statement on social media, Mr Hussain said: “I have been a member of the Labour Party for over 30 years, having served the council for 16 years and Mayor for two years. It has been a privilege to do so.

“Unfortunately, under the new regime of Keir Starmer, the party has lost its values. Me and my family have all made a collective decision to resign from the Labour Party due to their current policies on Palestine.

“I want to thank all my constituents and colleagues who have supported me throughout the years.

“Thank you, Mumtaz Hussain.”

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