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Tory Alan Duncan faces probe after branding colleagues ‘extremists’ over Israel

A former Tory minister is being investigated by the get together after he branded Suella Braverman an “extremist” and demanded cupboard member Tom Tugendhat is sacked.

Sir Alan Duncan stated ex-Home Secretary Ms Braverman ought to have the get together whip withdrawn, accusing her of downplaying the humanitarian disaster in Gaza. She was one in all six MPs he named in a scathing radio interview as he referred to as for the Government to cease promoting arms to Israel.

He additionally hit out at Michael Gove, Robert Jenrick, deputy PM Oliver Dowden and Security Minister Mr Tugendhat. In an interview with LBC he accused the Conservative Friends of Israel of “doing the bidding of Netanyahu” by “bypassing all proper processes of government”. His feedback have been branded “reckless, ignorant and dangerous”. The Tories confirmed an investigation has been opened into the remarks.

Sir Alan, a former Foreign Office minister, claimed that Mr Tugendhat ought to be sacked for not condemning Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territories. And he went on to inform Times Radio: “Now, all of the top of the party, the likes of Jenrick, Braverman, Gove, Dowden, Tugendhat, Patel. They don’t believe the settlements are illegal, and that means I think we’re entitled to call them extremists . They should be called out.”

And addressing Ms Braverman, who has accused the UK of ‘backsliding’ on its help for Israel, he went on: “For Suella Braverman today, to say that there is not a humanitarian problem in Gaza and there’s plenty of food and she’s seen the photographs. Frankly, it is so disgusting, so repulsive, so repellent that I think she should immediately have the whip withdrawn.”

Demanding Mr Tugendhat loses his job, he stated: “If our security minister, particularly at a time like this, when Gaza is the issue, does not believe in international law and that settlements are illegal, he should not be a minister. If he still believes that, and it’s in his Wikipedia page and verified in it, then he should be sacked. But if he repudiates it and withdraws it, then maybe he can be saved .”

Mounting a name for arms gross sales to Israel to be halted, Sir Alan stated: “There are clearly, I mean, obvious breaches in the rules governing this. So, yes, sales should stop . We don’t sell that much, but it’s very important that if we’ve set the rules for ourselves, we should adhere to them. I think it would be very difficult for any Foreign Office lawyer to feel comfortable giving advice to the Foreign Secretary that actually, these sales can continue.”

A Conservative Party spokesman stated: “Following his comments on LBC this morning, Alan Duncan has been informed in writing that he is under investigation by the party.”

John Percy, the vice-chair of the Conservative Friends of Israel, informed LBC: “Alan Duncan is a ridiculous character and accusing a Jewish parliamentarian of working for Israel at a time of record levels of antisemitism not only puts that individual in danger but also risks fuelling Jew hate here in the UK. It is a reckless, ignorant and dangerous comment.

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