Burnham-On-Sea’s MP has taken part in this week’s House of Commons vote on whether the UK should call for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.

James Heappey voted against a Gaza ceasefire, following the Conservative Party’s line to vote against the motion while Labour pushed its MPs to abstain.

The motion – which called “on the Government to join with the international community in urgently pressing all parties to agree to an immediate ceasefire” – fell, with 293 MPs voting against it, while 125 MPs voted for it.

Notably, 56 Labour MPs defied the party whip and voted for the amendment, including a number of frontbenchers.

The Labour Party tabled a separate amendment which called for a pause in hostilities to allow aid to enter Gaza, but which stopped short of calling for a ceasefire. The Labour amendment was also voted down.

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