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‘This is only the beginning’ vows MP candidate Karpazli after impressive debut

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Karpazli claimed that he and his team were 'heckled' and 'harassed' by Conservative and Labour Party members at the vote count.

NEWS IN ENGLISH 05.07.2024, 20:06 Eddie Osman
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‘This is only the beginning’ vows MP candidate Karpazli after impressive debut
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Independent MP candidate for Enfield North, Ertan Karpazli, vowed that his impressive debut into politics was ‘only the beginning’ in a post-election speech in the early hours of Friday, 5th June.

Speaking at the Lee Valley Athletic Centre where the count for all three Enfield constituencies for Thursday’s General Election was held, Enfield-born Karpazli, 37, thanked his team for their role in helping him secure a total of 1,448 votes from his constituency in just six weeks of campaigning.

Although he did not win the parliamentary seat for Enfield North, Karpazli arguably made the biggest impact out of the seven candidates running in the constituency, holding his own against the Liberal Democrats and the Greens, and even finishing ahead of the Workers Party of Britain.



Karpazli, who is of Turkish Cypriot origin and had during his campaign promised to fight for direct flights to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and the end of trade embargoes on the country, garnered more votes in the constituency as a first-time novice than the Greens had in 2019 and the Liberal Democrats had in 2017.

His strong performance in the polls did not prevent Labour Party candidate Feryal Clark retaining her seat as Enfield North MP, although she did record a loss of 1,972 votes from her previous election, tallying just 21,368 votes (49.1%) on this occasion, compared to 23,340 votes (51.8%) in 2019.

Clark’s drop in popularity in Enfield North went largely against the flow of momentum across the country, where Labour secured a landslide victory following massive losses by the Conservative Party.

‘Heckled and Harassed’

While the vote count in Enfield was on the whole peaceful throughout Thursday night going into Friday morning, it was not without a few moments of controversy. Karpazli first stirred a mixed reaction of cheers and boos when he refused to shake the hand of Labour Party victor Feryal Clark upon the declaration of the official election results for his constituency.

Wearing a traditional Palestinian keffiyeh scarf to demonstrate his pro-Palestinian stance in relation to the Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip, Karpazli rejected her handshake, later explaining that this was because of Clark’s failure to call for a ceasefire in Gaza in a parliamentary vote in November 2023 and because of her membership to the Labour Party Friends of Israel group.

In a social media post published on Friday morning, Karpazli claimed that he and his team were heckled and harassed by ‘Zionist bullies,’ during and after his speech, in which he referred to Israel’s actions in Gaza as ‘genocide’.



He said: “Someone repeatedly said ‘rubbish’ when I accused the Israeli government of genocide while another repeatedly called out ‘where are the gas chambers?’. I, as well as the Workers Party candidate for Southgate and Wood Green, were accused of ‘antisemitism’ while we made our speeches.”

Adding that Clark has ‘blood on her hands’, hence the reason why he didn’t shake her hand, Karpazli continued: “I was immediately confronted by someone who I can only assume was a supporter of hers who told me that my refusal to shake Feryal’s hand was ‘rude’.

“I told her that in comparison to Feryal’s refusal to call for a ceasefire in Gaza, my refusal to shake her hand was insignificant. The woman then proceeded to provoke members of my team, harassing them with absurd statements even as they tried to walk away.”

‘I’m here to stay’

During his speech on Friday morning, Karpazli stated: “As you know, it’s not easy being an independent, especially as a first-timer, so I’m actually really proud of the people who have turned up and voted for me, and made this possible. This is just the beginning. It’s a long-term project, and so long as people want me here, I’m here to stay.

“For me, becoming an MP was never that important. For me, what’s important is that when I go to the other side to meet my maker, I go there with a clear conscience and a clear heart.



“I ran for the sake of humanity, for the sake of speaking out against what’s happening in Gaza - which is a genocide - and I will forever stand on the side of human rights and humanity, whether it’s in the Parliament or outside the Parliament.”

He later added that he would like to thank the ‘Zionist bullies’ who attempted to heckle him. He said: “Thank you for reminding me about why I took this path in the first place and giving me the motivation to keep pushing until all of you are put on trial for espionage against the British state and your crimes against humanity.”

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