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About Andrew Feinstein

Former ANC MP Andrew Feinstein is elected by OCISA members to stand against Keir Starmer in his constituency of Holborn and St Pancras.

I am a former ANC Member of Parliament from South Africa where I served under Nelson Mandela. I have been a resident of Holborn & St. Pancras for over 22 years, ever since I moved to the UK.

I am a socialist, an anti-racist and an anti-militarist. I am on the Steering Committee of Stop the War, an active participant in the campaigns of Palestine Action and the PSC, and I’m on the boards of a number of progressive organisations, including DeClassified UK.

I run a small not-for-profit that investigates the global arms trade, militarism and corruption. I am the author of a number of best-selling and critically acclaimed books and an award-winning documentary film on these topics.

I am a friend and supporter of Jeremy Corbyn. I believe that Keir Starmer has turned the Labour Party back into a neo-liberal, pro-war party where progressives have no place anymore.

Together, we can run a powerful campaign on the key local issues facing the residents of H&StP, including the cost of living crisis and Labour’s commitment to austerity; the NHS; housing and homelessness; cuts to benefits; and the appalling pay of key public servants including teachers and nurses.

In parallel we can make this a campaign of national significance, by also focusing on Starmer’s constant lies; his uncritical support for Israel and his refusal to call for a ceasefire in Gaza; the party’s racist hierarchy of racism; and his support for the UK’s military adventurism and arms trade.

A crucial element of this is exposing his billionaire donors, whose interests he serves at the expense of the residents of H&StP.

I am proudly Jewish and married to a British Bangladeshi. As the son of a Holocaust survivor who lost dozens of her family in Auschwitz, where I have lectured on genocide prevention, I am appalled that Starmer has expelled more Jews from the Labour Party than all other leaders in its history, supposedly to ‘counter’ anti-semitism.

I appear regularly on a wide range of media including Owen Jones’ podcast, DoubleDownNews, the Islam Channel, Al Jazeera and lately even the BBC and CNN. I am very active on social media, especially Twitter where I have over 56,000 followers.

We must do everything in our power to stop the Red Tory Starmer from triumphing.

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