Along with Oldham Interfaith Forum, I took a petition, signed by over 8,000 Oldham people, to Downing Street in early August to call on the Prime Minister to recall Parliament to debate the Gaza situation; specifically the need for an immediate and meaningful ceasefire, humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza, and a long term negotiated solution.
I was disappointed that the Prime Minister refused to recall Parliament and I pressed him on this during his Statement on Gaza in Parliament on Monday 1 September.
While I am pleased to see that a permanent ceasefire has now been agreed between Israel and Hamas, I remain very disappointed with the Government’s overall response to the conflict and with the Ministerial responses I have received in answer to my letters on behalf of constituents who have written to me over the past couple of months. You can read the two responses from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office here and again here and the reply from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs here.
Update 17 September 2014
I have received a response from James Brokenshire MP, Immigration and Security Minister. You can access it here