Like me, many of my constituents are concerned about the ongoing conflict and humanitarian situation in Yemen where a civil war is raging between the elected Government which is backed by the United Nations and supported by a coalition led by Saudi Arabia; and insurgent Houthi rebels allied to the former President.
The people of Yemen have suffered so much throughout this conflict and the humanitarian situation in many parts of the country is extremely dire. Indeed, Yemen is now facing the worse cholera outbreak in the world and the UN has estimated that several million people are at risk of famine.
I have shared the strong concerns about potential violations of international humanitarian law (IHL) in Yemen for some time now. I believe that any evidence of such violations – regardless of the perpetrator must be thorough investigated as part of a genuinely independent inquiry.
The High Court recently ruled that UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia are legal. In the last Parliament I was a member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee and we published a comprehensive report on this issue. I have also spoken in Parliament on this issue and there was also a statement on this in Parliament.
I strongly hope the UK Government will live up to its international commitments and start taking a much more proactive role in seeking a peaceful resolution. I can assure all my constituents that I will continue to follow this issue very closely.