I share the concerns raised by many of my constituents about the recent developments in Jerusalem.
I strongly support a two-state settlement that establishes a viable, secure and democratic internationally recognised Palestinian state alongside a secure, democratic, internationally recognised Israel. I believe that the British Government should be working internationally at the United Nations and through the European Union to support this.
I welcome the recent statement by Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood that "the UK condemns the Israeli government’s announcement this week to advance plans for 1060 new housing units in East Jerusalem. This is an ill-judged and ill-timed decision which makes it harder to achieve a two state solution with Jerusalem as a shared capital. Such announcements make it more difficult for Israel’s friends to defend it against accusations that it is not serious about peace."
I spoke in the recent Parliamentary debate in favour of the recognition of the state of Palestine. Here is a link to my speech.