Labour candidate allegedly calls for British Jews fighting with IDF to be ‘locked up’

Labour suspends Graham Jones who made alleged comments in meeting with Azhar Ali and other party members


Former Labour MP and prospective parliamentary candidate Graham Jones allegedly ranted about “f**king Israel” and that Britons fighting in the IDF “should be locked up” in a new recording of a party meeting.

Jones is alleged to have made the comments at the same Lancashire gathering where Labour’s disgraced Rochdale by-election candidate Azhar Ali said Israel “allowed” the Hamas attack on October 7 to get a “green light to do whatever they bloody want”.

The former MP for Hyndburn, Jones had been seeking to be re-elected, but has now been suspended pending investigation. The JC understands that Jones was called into a meeting with the party on Tuesday evening.

In the new recording obtained by political website Guido Fawkes, a man alleged to be Jones can be heard saying, “F***ing Israel again, you know, and I’m sure that all of these people think when they go over, but you will not get Israel over the line unless we go at them hard.”

When the man is asked, “Why are there British people in the IDF?” he responds, “I’m going to take this up because we have a simple rule in this country, unless there is a military alliance between that country, NATO or whatever, you should not be fighting.

“No British person should be fighting for any other country at all. It is against the law and you should be locked up.”

It is not illegal to fight with the IDF. According to Andrew Mitchell, Minister of State has said: “The UK recognises the right of British nationals with additional nationalities to serve in the legitimately recognised armed forces of the country of their other nationalities.

“The Israel Defence Force is a recognised armed force and British nationals are both able to volunteer into the Israel Defence Force and eligible for national service. For Israel, one does not have to be Israeli to serve in the Israel Defence Force.”

Labour was approached for comment.

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