Labour-run Tower Hamlets Council has adopted its own foreign policy passing a motion attacking Israel. A motion from far left Respect councillors calling for a boycott on Israeli goods and the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador was not supported.

The East London Advertiser reports that Conservative councillor Phil Briscoe said "precious time" should no be spent debating matters the Council had no control over. But he was "shouted down." One Labour councillor, Carli Harper-Penman, said she was "appalled" by her Party’s antics.

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