Letters: How can I justify voting for an MP when I have doubts over their views?


Dear editor,

I am a life long Labour voter and ex-Labour councillor. Putting a cross next to Mohammad Yasin’s name should be instinctive. However, on receiving my postal vote l have found myself with concerns.

It’s not that I disagree with Labour policies. Mostly I do, sometimes I don’t. Same as it ever was.

The issue is how I can justify voting for an MP when I have grave doubts over their views on anti-Semitism and gay rights.

Last year Mr Yasin avoided a key parliamentary vote on relationship education and repeatedly failed to make a statement supporting it.

On anti-Semitism he has remained entirely silent when other Labour MPs, Jess Phillips being a good example, have made efforts to apologise and reach out to the Jewish community.

I am not suggesting that other Bedford candidates are better, but if my daughter were to ask me why I had voted for someone when I had these fears, I could not answer her.

I would suggest to Mr Yasin that he make a public statement committing to defend gay rights and fight anti-Semitism if he’s re-elected. There’s still at least one vote up for grabs.


Anthony Forth

Now more than ever, we need your help to fund the Bedford Independent’s quality journalism that serves our community...

We choose to champion editorial independence, meaning we report the facts without bias and can stand up to those in power when we believe it’s needed.

We can give a voice to people in our community whose voices may otherwise not be heard. And we don’t have a paywall, so everyone can read the stories we publish for free.

But in this time of crisis, many news organisations all over the world are facing existential threat, with advertising revenues plummeting. We’re no different.

We work hard every day to bring you news, commentary, entertainment and announcements from across Bedford. We hope that, with your help, we’ll be able to continue this for many years to come.

Will you help sustain our work today by clicking below ? Even a small donation makes a difference for our future.

Thank you for your support.