Keir Starmer donned a hi-viz jacket in the time-honoured tradition of political leaders in trouble today as he continued to put hundreds of miles between himself and the rowing Labour Party in Westminster.

The Opposition Leader donned the neon yellow attire for a visit to a gas facility in Peterhead, almost 600 miles by road from London, where his frontbenchers continue to fulminate against his stance on Gaza

He visited St Fergus Gas Terminal in north east Scotland with shadow environment secretary Ed Miliband and Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar amid warnings more senior MPs could quit over his refusal to back a full ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

Ten frontbenchers quit on Wednesday night in order to defy him and vote for a permanent end to fighting that has claimed thousands of lives.

But others who obeyed orders to sit out the vote remain restless, with some suggesting they could still walk.

However Sir Keir Sir Keir Starmer would not be drawn on whether he feared losing more frontbenchers.

Asked about the crisis he told broadcasters: “I’m the leader of the Labour Party. I hope that at the next election, we will be able to form a government.

“That is precisely why my focus is on the question of the release of the hostages and precisely on the question of how do we alleviate the suffering on the ground for so many civilians that have lost their lives in Gaza. That is what you would expect from the leader of the Opposition.’

The Opposition Leader donned the neon yellow attire for a visit to a gas facility in Peterhead, almost 600 miles by road from London, where his frontbenchers continue to fulminate against his stance on Gaza.

The Opposition Leader donned the neon yellow attire for a visit to a gas facility in Peterhead, almost 600 miles by road from London, where his frontbenchers continue to fulminate against his stance on Gaza. 

He visited St Fergus Gas Terminal in north east Scotland with shadow environment secretary Ed Miliband and Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar amid warnings more senior MPs could quit over his refusal to back a full ceasefire between Israel and Hamas .

He visited St Fergus Gas Terminal in north east Scotland with shadow environment secretary Ed Miliband and Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar amid warnings more senior MPs could quit over his refusal to back a full ceasefire between Israel and Hamas .

Ten frontbenchers quit on Wednesday night in order to defy him and vote for a permanent end to fighting that has claimed thousands of lives.

Ten frontbenchers quit on Wednesday night in order to defy him and vote for a permanent end to fighting that has claimed thousands of lives.

Visits involving hi-viz are a common fallback for politicians from across the spectrum. Pictured are PM Rishi Sunak and Levelling-Up Secretary Michael Gove at Taylor Wimpey's Heather Gardens housing development in Norwich in August

Visits involving hi-viz are a common fallback for politicians from across the spectrum. Pictured are PM Rishi Sunak and Levelling-Up Secretary Michael Gove at Taylor Wimpey’s Heather Gardens housing development in Norwich in August

Then PM Liz Truss and chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng during a visit to Berkeley Modular in Northfleet Kent in September 2022.

Scottish First Minister Humza Yousaf during his tour of Peterhead Power Station, Aberdeenshire in July.

Scottish First Minister Humza Yousaf during his tour of Peterhead Power Station, Aberdeenshire in July.

Many Labour frontbenchers who toed the party line have faced protests in their constituencies, including Bethnal Green and Bow MP Rushanara Ali, whose constituency office was targeted.

The shadow minister for small businesses has called for a ceasefire but did not vote for one in the division called by the SNP. She told the Guardian on Wednesday night: ‘Leaving the shadow government is something I am always willing to do, which is why I completely respect the decisions taken by my fellow MPs today. 

‘The moment I feel my presence is less positively impactful than my absence, I will do so.’ 

Jess Phillips, the shadow minister for domestic violence, was among the frontbenchers who either quit or were sacked so they could back a ceasefire in a Commons vote.

A total of 56 Labour MPs defied their party leader’s position of advocating for pauses in fighting so they could support a cessation.

Sir Keir, who is on the second day of a visit to Scotland today, has refused to give ground on his backing for time-limited humanitarian pauses in the fighting instead of a ceasefire.

But a source told the Guardian: ‘We can’t lie in bed with the Conservative Party, whom you’re saying need to be ousted.’

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer will travel to Aberdeen where he will pledge to make Britain a ‘clean energy superpower’.

His trip comes after a bruising week for the Opposition leader amid the backdrop if unending fighting in Gaza triggered by Hamas’s October 7 terrorist attack.

Many who toed the party line have faced protests in their constituencies, including Bethnal Green and Bow MP Rushanara Ali (top), whose constituency office was targeted (above)

Many who toed the party line have faced protests in their constituencies, including Bethnal Green and Bow MP Rushanara Ali (top), whose constituency office was targeted (above)

Since Israel started striking back the Gazan health ministry – run by the Palestinian militant group – says more than 11,470 people have been killed in the territory.

Ms Phillips, the shadow minister for domestic violence, was one of those to leave her post to support a ceasefire call in the Commons.

The Birmingham Yardley MP has since said that she wants to be ‘an asset’ to Sir Keir from the backbenches and hinted that he could bring her back onto the front bench.

She told The News Agents podcast: ‘One of the things Keir Starmer, did say to me yesterday was ‘I need people like you to help me deliver the missions that we have coming up with together you and I, Jess’.

‘And I said ‘Then you have me’.’

Source: | This article originally belongs to Daily Mail

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