A SKY News presenter suggested the SNP are 'playing politics' for pushing for a vote in the House of Commons calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.

Trevor Phillips, speaking on his Sunday morning show, asked whether the SNP were "playing politics" before bringing on Westminster leader Stephen Flynn.

The presenter then asked Flynn: “This week, you plan to introduce a motion to Parliament calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. It’s not going to pass because the Tories and Labour won’t vote for it. Is this just a ruse to embarrass the Labour leadership?”

The Labour leader is at odds with roughly a third of his MPs who have publicly come out in favour of a ceasefire, whereas he has rejected the idea while Hamas still holds Israelis hostage. 

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Responding to Phillips’ question, Flynn denied point blank that it was just to embarrass Keir Starmer – saying it saddens him that people imply this – to which the presenter then said it’s “hard” to see any other reason for doing so.

Flynn then told Phillips that it was about "the collective punishment of the Palestinian people.

"There's no food, water, medicine or fuel," he said. 

"Babies in ICU units are dying because they have no access to oxygen. This is a humanitarian catastrophe and the best way to deal with it is a ceasefire.

"A ceasefire allows us to uphold international law, protect civilians and promote peace."

He added that he does not support humanitarian pauses because they "pose more questions than they do provide answers".

Phillips then asked whether it was being used as distraction from issues within the SNP, and brought up the investigation into SNP finances and former leader Nicola Sturgeon.

Flynn responded: “My view, of course, is in stark contrast to the likes of Suella Braverman, who in recent days has sought to direct the police.

“It’s very important for us to have this discussion – it would be very easy for me to say the police are doing something wrong when the police are independent from politicians and should be allowed to get on with their work without fear or favour.”