Thirty-seven Labour Party members, including some officials, defected to the Liberal Democrat Party on Friday in response to the way Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett handled the Middle East crisis.
"When Margaret Beckett refused to back a cease-fire and instead sided with George Bush it was the breaking point for us," local Labour Party chairman Mohammed Rawail Peeno said.
The Labour Party says Foreign Minister Beckett has been working tirelessly for a sustainable cease-fire.
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