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

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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.

Regards,

Anthony Forth


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