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Backlash: Maureen Lipman

Backlash: Maureen Lipman

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Backlash: Maureen Lipman

Actress Maureen Lipman has abandoned a lifetime's support of Labour and announced she would vote for "almost any other" party at the general election, partly in protest at Ed Miliband's support for recognising the Palestinian State.

The star gave a dim assessment of the present shadow cabinet, telling Standpoint magazine: "The Chuka Harman Burnham Hunt Balls brigade? I can't, in all seriousness, go into a booth and put my mark on any one of them.

"For the first time in five decades, I shall not be voting Labour."

But the prominent Jew reserved her most hostile comments for the Labour leader's decision to back a symbolic Commons vote in favour of recognising the state of Palestine alongside Israel. "I'm an actress, Ed, and I am often commended for my timing," she wrote of the Commons vote.

"Frankly, my dear, yours sucks.

"The world is exploding around us. Isis is beheading our civilians while raping and pillaging across Syria and Iraq.

"Presidents (Vladimir) Putin and (Bashar) Assad are playing such heavy-handed games that we don't know which rebel group to support.

"Islamist terrorism in every spot on the globe and if one Jew had been responsible for any of those bombings, there would, I am afraid to say, have been another Kristallnacht.

"At this point in our history you choose to back these footling backbenchers in this ludicrous piece of propaganda?"

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