It states the people of Kashmir should be given the right of self-determination in
accordance with UN resolutions and urges the party to stand with the Kashmiri
people "fighting against occupation."
The Indian high commission India in London cancelled its annual reception with
Labour Friends of India on Tuesday night immediately after the debate on the
motion began. "We cancelled it. The reason was because of the motion," a senior
Indian diplomat told TOI.
The motion also sparked anger amongst the British Indian diaspora with Overseas
Friends of BJP (OFBJP) UK president Kuldeep Singh Shekhawat saying "the entire
Indian diaspora in Britain will not support Labour at the next general election
because of this motion".
There has been growing dismay amongst PIOs ever since Labour leader Jeremy
Corbyn's August 11 tweet that said "the situation in Kashmir is deeply disturbing.
Human rights abuses taking place are unacceptable", and since several Labour MPs
supported and spoke at the August 15 protests outside India House which
descended into violence.
Reacting to the motion, Manoj Ladwa, former chair of Labour's Indian Community
Engagement Forum, said the Labour party had been "hijacked by a coalition of hard
left extremists and jihadi sympathisers".