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Palestinian statehood

Parliamentary motion on 13 October 2014: “this House believes that the Government should recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel, as a contribution to securing a negotiated two state solution”.

While 274 MPs voted for the motion, 12 voted against the motion, including Harrow East MP Blackman  – we name him because out of all those who voted against the motion, his constituency is most diverse with significant support for Palestine.

Following is a typical positive response from the MPs that we lobbied before the debate:

“Thank you for contacting me about the recognition of Palestinian statehood and the related debate which took place on the 13th of October in the House of Commons.
I voted for the motion on the 13th October because it reflects mine, and the Labour Party’s support for the principle of recognition of Palestinian statehood. I believe that Palestinian statehood is not a gift to be given but a right to be recognised.
Indeed I, alongside my Labour colleagues, have also supported Palestinian recognition at the United Nations. That is why Labour also called on the then Foreign Secretary, William Hague, in 2011 and in 2012 to commit Britain to supporting the Palestinians' bid for recognition at the UN, not as a means of bypassing the need for talks, but as a bridge for restarting them. 
I fully support the ambition of two states living side by side in peace, and recognised by all of their neighbours. It is clear that the events of recent months only underline the dangers for both Palestinians and Israelis of a resumption of violence and bloodshed.
Labour is clear that this conflict will only be resolved through negotiations. However after decades of diplomatic failure, I know that there are those on all sides that today question whether a two-state solution is any longer possible.
I opposed Israel's military incursion into Gaza, and do not think this kind of brutal military action can be tolerated. The death toll of innocent Palestinian civilians in Gaza cannot be justified. As part of encouraging negotiations, I also believe we need to continue to make it clear to Israel that the UK Government and the international community will not tolerate the continued building of further illegal settlements.
I also firmly believe that the international community must take concrete steps to strengthen moderate Palestinian opinion, encourage the Palestinians to take the path of politics, reject the path of violence, and rekindle hopes that there is a credible route to a viable Palestinian state and a secure Israel achieved by negotiations.
Labour’s consistent support for the principle of recognising Palestinian statehood, as part of continuing steps to achieve a comprehensive negotiated two state solution, is therefore why I voted to support the principle of Palestinian statehood when the House of Commons debated the issue on Monday 13th October.
Thank you for taking the time to contact me about this important issue.
Kind Regards,   Gareth Thomas MP (Harrow West)



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