Starmer left speechless after pro-Palestinian protester heckles him on train to Glasgow over failure to call for Gaza ceasefire

Starmer on train to Glasgow

Starmer left speechless after pro-Palestinian protester heckles him on train to Glasgow over failure to call for Gaza ceasefire

Holly Bishop

By Holly Bishop

Published: 07/12/2023

- 22:49

Updated: 08/12/2023

- 07:19

The protester also lambasted the Labour leader once he had departed the train

Keir Starmer was heckled by a man on a train who condemned him for not calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.

The Labour leader was on board a train to Glasgow when a pro-Palestinian protester called him out for his inaction in attempting to end the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.

Filming Starmer as he approached, the man asked the politician: "How many more children in Palestine have to die before you call for a ceasefire?

"Over 7,000 have died. Over 7,000 have been slaughtered by Israel. This is unacceptable. What happened to human rights? What happened to democracy? We don’t see any of that when it comes to the Palestinians. 7,000 children."

The man was escorted out of Starmer’s carriage by security, yet continued to probe the Labour leader with questions: "How many more people have to die? Where is your humanity?"

As he was shooed out of the carriage, the protester was adamant that he was not doing anything wrong.

He asserted: "I paid for a ticket. I’m on the train."

Later, when Starmer had arrived at Glasgow and had disembarked the train, the man managed to locate him and continued with his berating.


He said: "Keir Starmer, you are facilitating Israel’s genocide in Gaza. Stop the killing of children. Stop the massacre of over 7,000 babies. Freedom for Palestine. You are responsible for killing babies in Gaza. Shame on you."

Starmer walked away from the protester, not reacting to his comments.

Last month, the House of Commons rejected an amendment calling for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

Starmer faced a rebellion from Labour MPs, after a total of 56 Labour MPs voted with the SNP’s calls for a ceasefire.


Sir Keir Starmer put Labour MPs under a three-line whip to abstain from a ceasefire vote


He had only called for "humanitarian pauses", and Labour MPs were under a three-line whip to abstain on the SNP amendment.

Some 293 to 125 voted against the amendment calling for "all parties to agree to an immediate ceasefire" in Gaza.

The Labour Party confirmed eight Shadow Ministers and two shadow ministerial aides "left the frontbench" following the vote.

Responding to the rebellion, Starmer said: "I regret that some colleagues felt unable to support the [official party] position tonight.

"But I wanted to be clear about where I stood, and where I will stand. Leadership is about doing the right thing. That is the least the public deserves. And the least that leadership demands."

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