A Conservative Party Member of Parliament (MP) has been removed from his role as a ministerial aide after advocating for a ceasefire in the Israel-Gaza conflict. Paul Bristow, an aide to the secretary of state for science, innovation, and technology, penned a letter to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak urging a “permanent” end to the hostilities. While the British government expresses support for “humanitarian pauses,” it does not endorse a ceasefire. Bristow contends that a full ceasefire would save lives and enable essential humanitarian aid to reach those most in need. Downing Street justified his dismissal by citing comments that were inconsistent with the principle of collective responsibility. Bristow, who represents Peterborough in Parliament and co-chairs the all-party parliamentary group on British Muslims, expressed understanding for Sunak’s decision. He believes that by speaking openly from the backbenches, he can better address an issue of deep concern to many of his constituents.