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Princess of Wales thanks nation for support following surgery

The Princess of Wales has thanked the nation for its support while she has been out of the public eye recovering from surgery, in a message for Mothering Sunday.

In a message issued alongside a new photograph of the Princess with her children, she said: “Thank you for your kind wishes and continued support over the last two months.

“Wishing everyone a Happy Mother’s Day.”

It was signed “C” for Catherine.

The Princess, looking healthy, is dressed in jeans and smiles for the camera, with her arms around Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. Prince George, her eldest, stands behind her with his arms around her neck in a hug. The children appear to be roaring with laughter.

The image was taken by Prince William earlier this week. It is something of a role reversal for the couple, who traditionally issue images taken by the Princess as she is a keen photographer.

The picture, part of the family’s annual tradition of posting a message for Mother’s Day, will go some way to answering questions from the public about the Princess’s wellbeing. 

Kensington Palace has always reiterated that she has been “doing well” following major abdominal surgery in January, recuperating slowly at home in Adelaide Cottage with her young family. 

She has not appeared in public since Christmas Day, but was photographed by paparazzi being driven by her mother in Windsor last week.

The question of “Where is Kate?” had travelled around the world on social media, accompanied by increasingly outlandish conspiracy theories

Buckingham Palace has also shared a photo of the King with his late mother Queen Elizabeth II in a post online to mark Mothering Sunday.

The picture shows King Charles, then Prince of Wales, in 1985 kissing the hand of his mother at a presentation ceremony after a polo match.

Alongside the photo is a pink flower emoji and the message: “Wishing all Mothers, and those who are missing their Mums today, a peaceful Mothering Sunday.”

In the match at the Guards Polo Club in Windsor Great Park, King Charles’s England II team triumphed against Brazil to claim the Silver Jubilee Cup.

In recent years, the Prince and Princess of Wales have authorised photographs of their family to be shared with the public to mark Mothering Sunday.

Last year, they used an image from a set taken months earlier showing the three children climbing a tree.

In other years, they have shared images of handmade cards from Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

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Watch: Car crashes into gates of Buckingham Palace, man arrested

Armed police have arrested a man after a car crashed into the gates of Buckingham Palace.

The incident happened in the early hours of Saturday and the suspect was arrested at the scene before being taken to hospital.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “At approximately 2.33am on Saturday, a car collided with the gates of Buckingham Palace.

“Armed officers arrested a man at the scene on suspicion of criminal damage. He was taken to hospital.

“There were no reports of any injuries. Inquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances.”

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Oscar predictions 2024: who will win, and who should win

Like Doctor Strangelove before them, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has clearly learned to stop worrying and love the bomb. Christopher Nolan has proven an oddly divisive figure at the Oscars over the years, but Oppenheimer, his dawn-of-the-atomic-age period epic, is just too majestic, too towering, and crucially too much of a hit for them to finally deny the British blockbuster auteur his due. 

With nominations in 13 categories – just one-off Titanic’s all-time record – Nolan’s film is now unquestionably this year’s frontrunner, mushrooming on the horizon and seemingly set to incinerate everything in its path.

But will it? Some other British contenders should be spared the inferno: not least The Zone of Interest, whose five nominations (including Best Picture and Best Director) make this steely dramatisation of the everyday life of an Auschwitz concentration camp commandant more of a mainstream pick than some of us believed. Shot in German, as you’d expect, Jonathan Glazer’s film is also the first British production to compete in Best International Feature since Solomon & Gaenor in 2000, which was made in Welsh and Yiddish. Iechyd da and, indeed, mazel tov.

With its 11 nominations, the zany Frankenstein fable Poor Things is arguably Oppenheimer’s strongest rival – and it’s another British production, or at least British enough for us to claim it. Meanwhile, those thoroughgoing American cultural titans, Martin Scorsese and Barbie, are just behind with 10 and eight each, respectively. No mention in Best Director for Greta Gerwig or in Best Actress for Margot Robbie has put Twitter’s collective nose out of joint, especially since the latter made the cut at Bafta. 

But the broad support for films as distinctive and different as The Zone of Interest, the French courtroom drama Anatomy of a Fall and the literary caper American Fiction, which opens in the UK next week, is a sign that the Academy’s 11,000-strong membership are doing their job. Here’s what currently looks likely to win, and what should.

Best Picture

  • American Fiction
  • Anatomy of a Fall
  • Barbie
  • The Holdovers
  • Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Maestro
  • Oppenheimer
  • Past Lives
  • Poor Things
  • The Zone of Interest

Should win: Oppenheimer

During its most conservative phase since the 1960s, Nolan is the only contemporary filmmaker to have worked out how to bend the full might of the studio system to his will. And while the results typically amaze, the sheer unlikeliness of Oppenheimer as a summer mega-hit is a new career high.

Will win: Oppenheimer

If the Academy don’t finally give Nolan their top honour this year, they’ll look like utter doughnuts.


Best Director

  • Justine Triet, Anatomy of a Fall
  • Martin Scorsese, Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Christopher Nolan, Oppenheimer
  • Yorgos Lanthimos, Poor Things
  • Jonathan Glazer, The Zone of Interest

Should win: Christopher Nolan

Nolan’s ability to turn highbrow material into a gargantuan popular hit without compromising on brow altitude whatsoever is the biggest achievement here.

Will win: Christopher Nolan

See above: if not this year, when?


Best Actor

  • Bradley Cooper, Maestro
  • Colman Domingo, Rustin
  • Paul Giamatti, The Holdovers
  • Cillian Murphy, Oppenheimer
  • Jeffrey Wright, American Fiction

Should win: Paul Giamatti, The Holdovers

Murphy is just as good, but Giamatti is a bizarrely unsung talent, especially considering his body of work to date. And his nominated role is perfectly tailored to his singular presence and talent.

Will win: Paul Giamatti, The Holdovers

Both Murphy and Wright are tempting alternatives, as seasoned (though never previously nominated) supporting-tier stalwarts shining in rare lead posts. But Giamatti has drawn the most early buzz.


Best Actress

  • Annette Bening, Nyad
  • Lily Gladstone, Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Sandra Hüller, Anatomy of a Fall
  • Carey Mulligan, Maestro
  • Emma Stone, Poor Things

Should win: Emma Stone, Poor Things

The list above contains one solid performance (sorry, Annette) and three great ones, but Stone’s feels like something beyond that: an adventure on previously unexplored ground.

Will win: Emma Stone, Poor Things

Gladstone would be the first Native American winner of an acting category in the Oscars’ 96-year history: a tempting milestone. But Stone’s go-for-broke dazzle will likely eclipse her more stoic, ambiguous work.


Best Supporting Actor

  • Sterling K Brown, American Fiction
  • Robert De Niro, Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Robert Downey Jr, Oppenheimer
  • Ryan Gosling, Barbie
  • Mark Ruffalo, Poor Things

Should win: Robert Downey Jr

Have you seen this man’s Malibu bungalow? After Avengers 4, Marvel’s former leading man could have retired in style: instead, as Oppenheimer’s balding quasi-antagonist he dug as deep as he ever has done, and reminded the world he can really act, too.

Will win: Robert Downey Jr

With respect to F Scott Fitzgerald’s obiter dicta, there are sometimes second and even third acts in American acting careers, and Academy voters love when they work out as well as this.


Best Supporting Actress

  • Emily Blunt, Oppenheimer
  • Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple
  • America Ferrara, Barbie
  • Jodie Foster, Nyad
  • Da’Vine Joy Randolph, The Holdovers

Should win: Da’Vine Joy Randolph, The Holdovers

Randolph’s part as a no-nonsense dinner lady grieving the death of her son is by far the richest and most testing of the nominated roles – and that she plays it so deftly, and with such laser-accurate wit and pathos, makes her the only sensible choice.

Will win: Da’Vine Joy Randolph, The Holdovers

Academy voters will hopefully recognise the above and vote accordingly, however much they dug Ferrara’s Barbie monologue.


Best Original Screenplay

  • Anatomy of a Fall
  • The Holdovers
  • Maestro
  • May December
  • Past Lives

Should win: Anatomy of a Fall

There’s a wealth of great screenwriting here, with all five handily outshining recent winners like Belfast and Green Book. Any would be a good result, but let’s pull for the first victory for (mainland) Europe since Talk to Her in 2003.

Will win: The Holdovers

Relentlessly funny and radiating pathos, David Hemingson’s period comedy script is the easiest of the five to unabashedly love.


Best Adapted Screenplay

  • American Fiction
  • Barbie
  • Oppenheimer
  • Poor Things
  • The Zone of Interest

Should win: The Zone of Interest

Less taken from the Martin Amis novel than simply prompted by it, Glazer’s script – by turns hellish, surreal and defiantly humdrum – is the most daring nominee this category has seen for years.

Will win: Poor Things

From its mad provocations to expert ear for loopy (and meme-able) turns of phrase, Tony McNamara’s Alasdair Gray adaption will likely prove irresistible here.


Best Animated Feature

  • The Boy and the Heron
  • Elemental
  • Nimona
  • Robot Dreams
  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Should win: The Boy and the Heron

Twenty-one years after Spirited Away won the second ever animation Oscar, a second award for Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki is long overdue.

Will win: Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

In an off-year for Disney and Pixar you never know what might happen, but the Spider-Verse series’ second injection of pure energy and artistry into the flagging superhero machine surely has widespread support.


Best International Feature Film

  • Io Capitano
  • Perfect Days
  • Society of the Snow
  • The Teachers’ Lounge
  • The Zone of Interest

Should win: The Zone of Interest

Not that it has much else in common with Spider-Verse, but watching Jonathan Glazer’s film feels like witnessing the possibilities for cinema expand.

Will win: Perfect Days

As a British film, The Zone of Interest might not feel international enough, especially to voters whose tastes often skew gentle in this category. Wim Wenders’ warm-hearted portrait of a Tokyo toilet cleaner is the dark horse.


The 2024 Academy Awards take place on March 10, and will be shown on ABC in the US and ITV in the UK

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Watch: Protester holding ‘Hamas Are Terrorists’ sign arrested by police

A counter-protester carrying a banner condemning Hamas as a terror group was arrested after holding the sign aloft as pro-Palestine activists filed past him on Saturday.

Niyak Ghorbani, who was holding a banner reading “Hamas is terrorist”, was pulled to the ground and handcuffed by officers after an incident took place close to the march through central London.

As police held him down, he shouted “Shame on you”, before saying “I wrote down Hamas is a terrorist organisation… but they arrested me”.

The 38-year-old was de-arrested and released shortly after, with police saying he had been held for his own safety after an alleged assault was carried out against him.

Onlookers could be heard criticising the apparent disparity in police acting over Mr Ghorbani’s banner, but not some of those displayed in the main crowd of pro-Palestine protesters.

The flashpoint came as thousands of people filed through central London in the latest national protest against Israel’s bombing of Gaza following the Oct 7 massacre by Hamas.

One pro-Palestine activist on the march could be seen wearing a protective helmet and carrying a riot shield.

The bearded man, whose helmet was similar to those used by reporters in combat zones, paraded holding the riot shield with the slogan: “Resistance is justified when your land is occupied” as the singer Charlotte Church walked at the head of the march to the US embassy.

He was later arrested under section 5 of the Public Order Act after being placed under “active observation” by officers who detained him at “an appropriate time”.

In total, there were five arrests at the protest, including one man who was arrested for assault.

One woman was arrested for holding an offensive placard, while two others were arrested for chanting offensive slogans.

One young woman held a placard reading “One holocaust does not justify another”, in defiance of criticism that such comparisons are anti-Semitic, while next to her a man with bloodstained hand prints on a hospital tunic carried a doll to signify the thousands of children killed in Gaza.

Several placards showed support for the Houthi militias in Yemen targeting ships going through the Red Sea.

Police officers were overheard being told over their radios that if they heard chants of “Yemen, Yemen turn those ships around” they should make “active interventions”.

Mr Ghorbani, an Iranian who lives in Balham, south London, told The Telegraph he had been assaulted by pro-Palestine protesters as he stood holding his sign.

He said: “They attacked me from behind and hit me in the head. They pushed me and told me Hamas is a protector of Palestine.”

The IT professional added: “The police destroyed my sign and told me that I had harassed someone in the protest and that is why they arrested me.

“They arrested me because someone who supports Hamas attacked me and I defended myself. After 10 minutes my friends showed them a video of what I was doing and they released me.

“The person who attacked me was not arrested.”

Scotland Yard said in a statement: “The man was arrested after an altercation was ongoing, and officers intervened to prevent a breach of the peace. He was arrested for assault.

“Officers then fully reviewed footage provided of the incident, and he was later de-arrested. The arrest was not made in relation to the placard.”

Mr Ghorbani had bottles, sticks, clods of earth and other objects thrown at him by pro-Palestine protesters on a previous march after he held up a sign asking if people agreed that Hamas was a terrorist organisation.

Speaking about the protests in general, Mr Ghorbani said: “I think people in England are a bit naive about what Hamas is. I lived in Germany for eight years and there they know what Hamas is like. Here some people have no idea.”

Mr Ghorbani had been standing close to where a small group of around 40 pro-Israel counter-protesters had gathered, separated from the main march by about the same number of police officers.

They held Israeli flags and placards demanding the release of hostages, chanting “bring them home”, “Hamas is Isis” and “rape is not resistance”.

It was the first time since the Gaza conflict began in October that an official counter-demonstration was staged in solidarity with both Israel and British Jews who have felt intimidated by repeated protests from Palestinian supporters likening Israel’s tactics to the Holocaust.

The group, whose counter-protest was kept a couple of hundred yards away by police from the route of the pro-Palestine march, said they wanted to reclaim London as “a bastion of democracy, diversity, and multiculturalism”.

Church was criticised last month after leading a choir in a rendition of “from the river to the sea” during a pro-Palestinian charity concert.

The chant – which was heard repeatedly on Saturday – has been interpreted by many, including Suella Braverman, the former home secretary, as a call for the destruction of the state of Israel.

Church said she joined the protest to “show solidarity with the people of Palestine for all that they are suffering through”.

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Princess Diana’s brother reveals he was sexual abused at boarding school

Earl Spencer has revealed his trauma of being sexually abused at the age of 11 by a female member of his boarding school staff.

The 59-year-old brother of the late Princess Diana has spoken of the lifelong damage he suffered because of the sexual assaults and horrific beatings he suffered at £31,700-a-year Maidwell Hall.

His memoir, A Very Private School, which is being published exclusively in The Mail on Sunday, tells how a predatory assistant matron targeted young boys in their dormitory beds at night. He described her as a “voracious paedophile.”

“I’ve frequently witnessed deep pain, still flickering in the eyes of my Maidwell contemporaries,” he writes.

“Many of us left Maidwell with demons sewn into the seams of our souls.”

When he was 11 he was moved to live in a pair of dormitories based within the school’s attics, known as “The Uppers”.

He said the woman, who he did not identify, would bring the boys illicit snacks at night before going on to sexually abuse them.

Earl Spencer said on one night she first “kissed me on the lips” before she “promoted me to the second rank of her reverse harem: those she intimately touched”.

“While we kissed, one night, she reached under my bedclothes, trailing her fingers in teasing, looping circles down my stomach until alighting on the little that an 11-year-old boy can muster,” he writes. “The first time she touched me there, she placed my hand on her breasts, and I could feel her pounding heart beneath.

“There seemed to be an unofficial hierarchy among her prey… she chose one boy each term to share her bed and would use him for intercourse.”

Earl Spencer added: “Her control over mesmerised boys was total, for we were starved of feminine warmth, and desperate for attention and affection.”

He turned to self-harming when she told him she might take up a job with the Royal Navy instead.

“I was so fraught at the prospect of losing her that I started cutting at the inside of my arm with a penknife,” he said.

He said the woman would now be in her late 60s, he believed would have married at least twice but he suspects she now either lives abroad or is dead.

John Porch, the former headteacher of the prep school who died in 2002 aged 95, was also said to have brutally beaten pupils. Earl Spencer said the abuse seemed to give Porch sexual pleasure. 

Maidwell Hall described the tales of abuse from Earl Spencer and former pupils as “sobering” and added: “We are sorry that was their experience.

“It is difficult to read about practices which were, sadly, sometimes believed to be normal and acceptable at that time. Almost every facet of school life has evolved significantly since the 1970s. At the heart of the changes is the safeguarding of children and promotion of their welfare.”

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Oxford University held training sessions attended by Chinese doctors accused of harvesting organs

Oxford University organised training programmes attended by Chinese transplant doctors facing allegations of illegally harvesting human organs, The Telegraph can reveal.

Academics designed dozens of courses over three years for the benefit of hundreds of medics, despite warnings that there is no safe way to collaborate with the Chinese transplant sector because the killing of political prisoners for their organs is so widespread.

The alleged role of one “honoured guest” at the most recent New Horizons programme, Prof Zheng Shusen, was said in a submission to a 2018 tribunal to need explanation over a “clear and convincing evidence pattern” of being “directly or indirectly complicit in the commission of crimes against humanity… against unknown individuals who were killed in the process of having their organs extracted”.

Data experts, and The Telegraph’s own investigation, have identified 15 other medics who took part in the sessions in 2023 regarding whom concerns have also been raised.

Oxford has been warned that its involvement in the programme could amount to inadvertent complicity in organ harvesting and was urged to disclose whether, and how much, it had been paid to take part.

Last year’s New Horizon also involved several senior NHS clinicians, according to the programme, including Prof Dale Gardiner, the clinical lead for NHS blood and transplant. No personal wrongdoing is alleged against him.

It comes amid increasing concern about the influence of the Chinese Communist Party on Britain’s top universities.

China has repeatedly used international medical collaborations as a propaganda tool to quell concerns about its transplantation ethics.

In contrast to nearly all other medically advanced countries, it allows almost no transparency around the sourcing of organs.

For decades, Beijing claimed that its unusually large supply of organs came from legally executed prisoners.

It said the practice ended in 2015 and that all organs have been supplied voluntarily since then.

However, experts argue that death-row prisoners could never have accounted for the scale of China’s organ transplantation programme.

They point instead to the documented widespread imprisonment and torture of Falun Gong spiritualists.

Falun Gong practitioners 

In 2020, the independent China Tribunal, chaired by Sir Geoffrey Nice KC, formerly the lead prosecutor in the trial of Slobodan Milosevic, concluded that: “In the long-term practice in the PRC [People’s Republic of China] of forced organ harvesting it was indeed Falun Gong practitioners who were used as a source – probably the principal source – of organs for forced organ harvesting.”

The judgment added that there was no evidence of the practice having stopped.

Although non-statutory, the tribunal has since been endorsed by government ministers, who have written to the World Health Organisation (WHO) urging it to take note of its findings.

There is a global shortage of available organs and a lucrative black market for illegally obtained tissue.

A 2018 submission to the tribunal named Prof Zheng, a liver transplantation specialist at Zhejiang University, and stated that: “The evidence that Zheng has been able to harvest organs on demand – evidently from blood-typed captive individuals held on standby – coupled with transplants at his hospital being far in excess of available death-row prisoners in Hangzhou, requires an explanation.”

Prof Zheng has also been alleged to be a prominent member of the so-called “Anti-Cult Association”, which in practice is said to be a mechanism for supporting the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.

In the preface to a book on the prevention of cults, he likened the movement to “viruses corroding the organism of humanity”, according to the submission.

Submissions banned

In 2017 the scientific journal Liver International was forced to retract a study submitted by Prof Zheng after he failed to provide sufficient evidence that the organs used in the study were sourced ethically.

It banned him from submitting any further work.

Despite this, the 2023 New Horizon programme, which was delivered via a series of online seminars to a conference suite in China, included Prof Zheng in its “honoured guest” category alongside the president of the European Society for Organ Transplantation (Esot), which endorsed the conference. No personal wrongdoing is alleged against the president.

In a statement, Oxford said its Centre for Evidence in Transplantation had provided webinars to raise standards in research practices, rather than direct transplant practice or surgery training.

The logo of the university’s Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences sits above all the session posters, such as: “Advances in Heart Transplantation.”

Prof Wendy Rogers, chairman of the international advisory committee of the International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China, said: “It’s really shameful that Zheng Shusen participated. It shows a real lack of due diligence by Oxford and Esot.”

She added: “The New Horizons programme involves close collaboration with Chinese transplant clinicians and institutions.

“Due to China’s record of transplant-related human rights abuses, including forced organ harvesting, the programme exposes participating clinicians to potential complicity in those abuses.

Involvement in organ harvesting

Data research by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation highlighted five further attendees at the 2023 conference who have authored studies which, the foundation says, inadvertently revealed that the donors were alive just before their organs were removed.

The Telegraph has identified another 10 attendees who have been accused of involvement in organ harvesting by Falun Gong human rights campaigners.

In 2022, the law firm Global Rights Compliance (GRC) published a groundbreaking legal advisory document setting out how Western institutions risk criminal liability for inadvertent collaboration with China in the field of transplantation.

Wayne Jordash, managing partner at GRC, said: “Oxford University’s Centre for Evidence in Transplantation has a clear international legal responsibility that, at a minimum, obliges them to ask the difficult questions about the known risks in the field of organ transplantation in China.

“If those questions have not been asked, nor answered, satisfactorily by the relevant Chinese institutions, then Oxford University’s Centre for Evidence in Transplantation will have violated its international legal obligations.”

The Telegraph understands that Esot was made aware of this advisory in the context of New Horizons.

No follow-up New Horizon programme is believed to be scheduled for this year.

‘Condemns inhumane practice’

Oxford University did not disclose on what financial basis it had taken part in past programmes.

A spokesman said: “Oxford thoroughly condemns the inhumane practice of harvesting organs from executed prisoners and university academics have been in the forefront of urging international organisations to pressure China into ending the practice.

“The World Health Organization, the European Society for Organ Transplantation and other international bodies now permit support for lawful transplant education and research in China.”

Esot said it was “deeply committed to upholding the utmost ethical standards within the realm of organ donation and transplantation” and campaigned against unethical conduct.

Prof Zheng did not respond to a request for comment.

Additional reporting by Aidan Coyle

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Lord Cameron urged to stop ‘sniping’ at Israel

Conservative MPs have accused David Cameron of “sniping” at Israel over its handling of the situation in Gaza and have claimed the Foreign Office shows “anti-Israel sentiment”.

A group of pro-Israel Tory MPs is due to raise its concerns with the Foreign Secretary at a meeting on Tuesday.

Last week, Lord Cameron met Benny Gantz, the Israeli cabinet minister, to discuss the flow of aid into Gaza. After the meeting, he posted a statement on X, formerly Twitter, saying that he had “made clear the steps Israel must take to increase aid” and that “we are still not seeing improvements on the ground”.

He also said he was “deeply concerned about the prospect of a military offensive in Rafah” and that Israel’s performance in making aid available would have “consequences” for the UK’s assessment about “whether Israel is compliant” with international law.

One MP told The Telegraph that when the statement was posted into a Tory WhatsApp group, there was “irritation in relation to what he said”.

Theresa Villiers, a former cabinet minister, said: “The UK Government must [support] Israel’s right to defend itself from the genocidal death cult that attacked them on Oct 7.

“Lord Cameron should acknowledge the huge efforts being made by the IDF to minimise civilian casualties and also to facilitate aid to Gaza.”

She added that Israel is a “valued ally of the UK and ministers should take care not to undermine our diplomatic partnership with the only democracy in the Middle East”.

“We should be backing Israel in its hour of need, not sniping at them,” she said.

Andrew Percy, the MP for Brigg and Goole, said: “Repeatedly the [Foreign Office] places all of the emphasis on Israel and holds them to account for the consequences of a war they did not start and for civilian suffering which is [a] result of the actions of Hamas.”

Bob Blackman, the MP for Harrow East, said: “We’ve got to be more stringent in our support for Israel generally.”

A Foreign Office source said: “The Foreign Secretary is a huge friend of Israel. He went to Kibbutz Be’eri and has seen the horror of what took place there so he gets it. But sometimes being a friend means having to deliver a tough message, like over humanitarian aid.”

Other Tory MPs are more supportive of the Government’s position.

Alicia Kearns, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, said that on a recent visit to an aid staging location in Egypt the committee had seen “tons” of goods that had been refused entry into Gaza, including medical supplies.

Ms Kearns has written to Lord Cameron urging him to follow up an offer made by Eylon Levy, an Israeli government spokesman, who invited the international community to “send another 100 trucks a day”, insisting there were “no limits” on essential aid.

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