A British MP for the ruling Conservative Party has been sacked from his role as a ministerial aide after calling for a ceasefire in the Israel-Gaza war.
Paul Bristow, an aide to the secretary of state for science, innovation and technology, had written a letter to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak last week urging him to change his position on the conflict and back a “permanent” end to the hostilities.
The British government says it supports “humanitarian pauses” but not a ceasefire.
In his letter, Bristow said a full ceasefire would save lives and allow humanitarian aid to “reach the people who need it the most”.
A Downing Street spokesperson in a statement on Monday said the decision to remove Bristow from his position came in response to comments deemed “not consistent with the principles of collective responsibility”.
“It is with regret I leave a job I enjoyed. But I can now talk openly about an issue so many of my constituents care deeply about,” he told the BBC.
“I believe I can do this better from the backbenches rather than as part of the government payroll,” he expressed.