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This has been a difficult week in Westminster.

The SNP’s Opposition Debate was about trying to encourage all parties in Westminster to support an immediate end to the slaughter in the Middle East and put down a motion to that effect. Westminster MPS must send a strong signal to the world that we deplore the slaughter of civilians, wherever they may be.

Many Labour MPs were prepared to break their party whip and support the SNP motion, even though 8 were forced to resign from the Front Bench in November and 6 others were sacked, after supporting SNP calls for a ceasefire in November.

The reality is that when we in Westminster are asked to vote on ANY life or death issue, we must follow our consciences, not party whips.

I put this to the Prime Minister who refused to answer this as the general question – for all such circumstances – it was intended to be.


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