The failure to condemn the Israeli war crimes against the civilians of Gaza has shown supporters of Labour that Keir will pander to the political elite just as much as the Tory leadership, and the road to electoral victory in the next general election may be far from certain as he alienates the muslim electorate in the UK.
Whilst Jeremy Corbyn, who had long been an advocate for Palestinian rights, led the Labour party, he drew accusations of anti-Semitism from many quarters, particularly within the mainstream media and his political opponents. These accusations were politically motivated, and tainted Corbyn's leadership and the party's reputation.
Instead of acting with integrity and supporting his colleague, Keir Starmer took this as an opportunity to reshape Labour's image when he succeeded as party leader. Starmer's strategy involved firmly aligning Labour with Israel, which entailed clamping down on criticism of Israeli policies within the party. This approach marked a shift from the party's traditional support for Palestinian rights.
Fast forward to the horrific events that unfolded in Gaza this month, where Israel launched its ground invasion and bombing campaign that led to extensive civilian casualties and infrastructure damage. As images of the devastation and loss of life poured in, Starmer's steadfast support for Israel, despite the atrocities occurring in Gaza, started to erode his support within the Labour Party and among the general public.
Councillors, MPs, and other members of the Labour Party began resigning and defecting. Many who were once loyal to the party expressed their disillusionment, stating that they preferred Jeremy Corbyn's more human approach to the Israel-Palestine issue.
The Conservative Party had already fallen out of favor with many in the nation, and Labour's losses only exacerbated the lack of enthusiasm for the two major political parties. As many die-hard Labour supporters distanced themselves from the "New Labour" approach, the possibility of a Labour victory in the next general election appears to be fading.