MPs vote in favour of Palestinian statehood alongside Israel.
It’s been the most discussed motion in recent times and as you will all know by now many MPs have voted in favour of Palestinian recognition following a debate on the issue in the House of Commons on Monday.
The motion being debated was tabled by the Labour MP Grahame Morris, with an amendment by former Labour Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw MP.
The full motion stated: “That 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.”
The motion was accepted in the House by 274 votes in favour to 12 against, and of those 274 votes in favour, 192 were from Labour MPs.
Leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband MP, was the only Leader of the three main parties to vote in favour of the motion. David Ward MP for Bradford East along with Gerry Sutcliffe was the only MP from Bradford District to vote in favour of the motion.
David Ward said “I’m very proud that I had the opportunity to join colleagues from across all political parties to vote to recognise the State of Palestine in the House of Commons.
“This is a powerful message to the Palestinian people that they are not alone and that the world does care about them. It will provide hope that non-violent paths can succeed in effecting positive change and will be the only way to finding a lasting peace.
“The tide has turned, this vote would not have happened 5 years ago which just shows that the world has been woken up by Israel’s recent atrocities in Gaza and has only demonstrated that finding a lasting and non-violent two state solution is an absolute priority.”
The motion however does not commit to immediate recognition of Palestine but it does reaffirm, support for the principle of recognising Palestinian statehood. Whilst symbolic, the vote will have international implications. Catch this Sunday’s edition to find out our exclusive report by Hebron based Rula Halaiqa on what Palestinians have to say about this motion.
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