November 21, 2018

Standing up for Human Rights

Human rights defenders come under attack everday as your Member of Parliament I do my best to raise their cases. As Human Rights Watch have noted, human rights are under threat across the world from both traditional authoritarian regimes like Saudi Arabia and new authoritarians who bolster their power by demonizing and attacking minorities like Durente in the Philippines or Donald Trump in …

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November 16, 2018

Killing of Protestors in Gaza

I have been horrified by slaughter of children, women and men by the Israeli Defence Force in Gaza. I have publicly condemned the actions of the IDF on the instructions of the Israeli government. I wrote to the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on the 31st March demanding to know why he had remained silent on the atrocities that weekend and what action the UK …

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November 16, 2018

The BBC and the Israel – Palestine Conflict

I get emails from people who support both sides of the Israel – Palestine conflict alleging that the BBC is biased against “their” side and minimising violence by the other side. This reflects the importance of this issue and the deep emotions on both sides of the debate concerning the ongoing violence, injury and death. It is not for me as a …

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April 14, 2018

Air Strikes in Syria

I woke up this morning to the overnight news that the UK had taken part in air strikes in Syria alongside the USA and France. I believe this action is illegal under international law. It has not been requested by the Syrian Government. There is no UN Security Resolution authorising it. It is not an act of self-defence. Those are …

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September 29, 2017

Time is Long Overdue for Reform of Weapons Export Rules

In her speech to Labour Party conference this week, my colleague, Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry MP made the very welcome announcement that the next Labour Government will completely reform the legal and regulatory framework governing the export of arms from the UK to foreign governments. All over the world the place you are most likely to find “Made in …

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December 14, 2016

My Letter to Theresa May about Aid Airdrops in Syria

Last month, along with several of my Labour colleagues, I wrote to Prime Minister Theresa May about the unfolding humanitarian catastrophe in Syria. Responding to the calls for airdrops in Syria, the UK Government said that “preparations for airdrops will now take place and go forward rapidly because there isn’t a moment to lose”. Almost 200 days later, thousands of Syrians are …

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November 30, 2015

Air Strikes in Syria – Vote

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to contact me with their views about the Government’s proposal to carry out air strikes in Syria and the likely vote in parliament. We have all been horrified by the massacres in Paris, Beirut, Tunisia and elsewhere and are united in our desire to see the defeat of ISIL/Daesh. Hundreds and …

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