In four seats with large Muslim populations, Leicester lost, three to independents and on to Conservative candidate. Keir Starmer was criticised for saying Israel had the “right” to cut off water and energy to Gaza. Later, he claimed he meant only self-defence. In Leicester East, the Tories, despite their poor performance overall, managed to flip the seat where Shivani Raja emerged victorious ahead of the Labour candidate and heavy weights like Keith Vaz and Claude Webbe.