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Israel and Palestine

I remain entirely committed to a two-state solution to the conflict in the region. It is the only way to see a safe and secure Israel coexistent alongside a viable, sovereign Palestinian state. A long term political settlement, one that ensures a safe future for all, is the only way to resolve the conflict so…

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Kamal Foroughi

I have recently received a number of e-mails expressing concerns over the cases of the two British-Iranian dual nationals, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Kamal Foroughi. I can assure you that Ministers and officials continue to make representations on all consular cases involving British nationals in Iran, including Mr Foroughi’s and Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s, at all levels with…

Persecution of Christians

I understand the strength of feeling on this issue – where freedom of religion or belief is under attack, other fundamental freedoms often face threat as well. I am appalled by the persecution suffered by millions of Christians across the world who seek only to practise their beliefs openly, in peace and safety. Here in…

Reuniting Refugee Families

I have recently received a number of e-mails regarding the reuniting of refugee families and the wider refugee crisis. The reuniting of refugee families is an issue I care passionately about; a passion reinforced by my recent visit to the Middle East as a guest of Oxfam, alongside Dr. Rosena Allin-Kham, the Labour MP for…

Vote on extension of air strikes to Syria

This is the motion which Parliament agreed to, by 397 votes to 223. “That this House notes that ISIL poses a direct threat to the United Kingdom; welcomes United Nations Security Council Resolution 2249 which determines that ISIL constitutes an ‘unprecedented threat to international peace and security’ and calls on states to take ‘all necessary…

World Water Day

A number of constituents have contacted me about World Water Day, which seeks to raise awareness of access to clean water in developing countries. I completely agree that clean drinking water and effective sanitation is vital to the livelihood of developing countries, and the Government has worked hard to ensure Britain is contributing to this…

World Toilet Day

Access to clean drinking water and effective sanitation is a basic human need and is vital to give people in developing countries the opportunity to lead healthy, fulfilled, and productive lives. It means they can work, driving economic growth and ultimately helping developing countries become self-sufficient. Between 2011 and 2015, the Department for International Development…

Pneumonia

No child should die from the cold. As you suggest, it requires international action to end this tragedy. That is why I am pleased that the UK is the largest donor to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, which delivers the pneumococcal vaccine to developing countries to protect against the main cause of pneumonia. Between 2010 and…

Yemen and Saudi Arabia

War in Yemen I share your concerns regarding the crisis in Yemen and the plight of the Yemini people who are caught up in the conflict. I know that the Government fully recognises the severity of the unfolding humanitarian crisis. I am proud that the UK is leading the global response to this crisis in…

Western Sahara

I understand the UK’s position on Western Sahara is consistent and long-standing. The Government considers the final status of Western Sahara as undetermined, and supports UN-led efforts to reach a lasting and mutually acceptable political solution that provides for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara. The UK considers Morocco to be the de…

Central African Republic

Thank you for contacting me about food insecurity in the Central African Republic (CAR). Around half the population in CAR are food insecure as a result of shrinking agricultural production caused largely by conflict and insecurity. The UK is one of the largest donors to the crisis in the CAR and is contributing £40 million…

Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty

Britain is widely recognised as the most pro-active of the nuclear weapon states on nuclear disarmament. We have reduced our nuclear forces by over half from the Cold War peak in the late 1970s and recently reduced the number of deployed warheads on each submarine from 48 to 40 and the number of operationally available…

Burma and Rohingya

Rohingya The persistent persecution of the Rohingya people must stop. It is horrifying that hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women and children have been forced from their homes. This is a clear case of ethnic cleansing. I am encouraged that the International Development Secretary has made this one of her top priorities. The UK…

Noura Hussain

Thank you for contacting me about the death sentence against Noura Hussain. This is an appalling case with 19 year old Noura being sentenced to death for killing the husband she was forced to marry after being forceably held down by members of his family while he allegedly raped her. I understand that the UK…

Human Rights Defenders

Thank you for contacting me about human rights defenders. Human rights defenders are at the forefront of work to promote and protect human rights and democracy, often at great personal risk to themselves. In many places they are persecuted, imprisoned, attacked or even killed because of their work. In the light of increasing levels of…

Global Financing Facility

Thank you for contacting me about the upcoming replenishment of the Global Financing Facility. I agree that supporting poor and vulnerable children to access affordable healthcare should remain a priority for UK aid spending. Investing in health services not only saves lives but also helps the most marginalised people to realise their full potential. I…

Bahrain

Human Rights in Bahrain I know that the British Government monitors events in Bahrain closely. Where there are concerns on specific issues, including prison conditions, the UK raises these with the Bahraini authorities. It also encourages those with concerns about treatment in detention to report these to the relevant human rights oversight bodies, and encourages…

Sightsavers ‘Put Us in the Picture’

Thank you for contacting me about Sightsavers’ ‘Put Us in the Picture’ campaign on disability-inclusive development. Unfortunately, EDMs have fallen into disrepute in recent years, as they cost around £400,000 a year to administer and have little legislative effect. As such, I choose not to sign them. An estimated one billion people across the globe…

Real Aid

Thank you for contacting me about ONE’s Campaign for Real Aid. Like you, I am proud of the excellent results our aid budget achieves in helping millions of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. For example, between April 2015 and March 2018, DFID reached 26.8 million people with humanitarian assistance, supported 11.4 million children…

Sudan

Thank you for contacting me about freedom of expression in Sudan. Freedom of expression is both a fundamental right in itself and an essential ingredient for delivering the full range of human rights in any country. The freedom to debate, discuss, criticise and hold governments to account is essential. I know that the UK Government…