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RECORDED VOTE ON DEATH TOLL IN THE MIDDLE EAST ESSENTIAL

The SNP was not permitted to have the debate which the Speaker offered but then withdrew, on the basis that the Government would be delivering a Statement on the situation in Israel and Gaza today.

 

Apart from the fact that it is unprecedented for the House of Commons to have 24 hours notice of a Government Statement, a Statement which contained no new information, so did not actually meet the criteria for a Statement.

 

I again indicated in the Commons that the situation in the region is so serious that it continues to be an outrage that every MP has been prevented from participating in a recorded vote on this issue and it remains the case that of the three main parties, only the SNP supports an “immediate ceasefire”, which is not the same as a “humanitarian ceasefire” or “humanitarian pause” and is the only party which seeks to condemn “collective punishment” which is a war crime. 

 

In order to prevent the Labour leadership feeling uncomfortable about its refusal to accept that “collective punishment” is taking place and because it only supports a ceasefire to allow Gazans to be fed, watered and given medical care before killing them resumes, it seems the SNP will continue to be denied having a vote which shows this up.



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