Labour MP for Brighton Kemptown Lloyd Russell-Moyle rebelled against his party and voted in favour of a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Mr Russell-Moyle was among 56 Labour MPs to back calls for a ceasefire, which saw ten members of the shadow cabinet defy Keir Starmer in a major rebellion to back the SNP amendment to the King’s Speech yesterday evening.

Labour MPs had been ordered to abstain on the SNP motion and instead back the leader’s position calling for longer “humanitarian pauses” rather than a ceasefire.

MPs voted 293 to 125 to reject the amendment for an immediate ceasefire.

In a post on social media, Mr Russell-Moyle said he was “proud” to have “voted to condemn Hamas, call for hostages to be released and a ceasefire on all sides”.

“I did so with MPs of all different religions and none, on left and right of Labour, old and young,” he said.

“We stood for peace despite pressure not to. I’m proud of all that did.”

The Argus: Lloyd Russell-Moyle was among the MPs to vote in favour of a ceasefireLloyd Russell-Moyle was among the MPs to vote in favour of a ceasefire (Image: Ben Birchall/PA Wire)

However, Mr Russell-Moyle drew some criticism for an earlier social media post that had claimed that “all the Jewish MPs to have served in Keir Starmer’s front bench” had also voted in favour of a ceasefire. Some took to social media to criticise the MP for failing to acknowledge Ed Miliband - the shadow energy secretary who abstained on the motion.

Mr Russell-Moyle later said on social media that he had updated the post as “it’s important to be accurate”.

The Brighton Kemptown MP was joined by Green MP for Brighton Pavilion Caroline Lucas in backing calls for a ceasefire.

The Argus: Green MP Caroline Lucas also backed calls for a ceasefireGreen MP Caroline Lucas also backed calls for a ceasefire (Image: The Argus/Andrew Gardner)

In a post on X, formerly Twitter, Ms Lucas said: “We had the chance to stand on the right side of history - to move to a political solution, stop the killing, free the hostages.

“MPs didn’t take it. So many voices in and outside Parliament are urging peace - we won’t give up.”

Shadow science minister and MP for Hove Peter Kyle abstained on the ceasefire amendment, along with the Conservative MP for Lewes Maria Caulfield and Conservative MP for Wealden Nusrat Ghani.