Wednesday 9 August 2006

The Government Must Recall Parliament Without Delay

Last Wednesday, I called for an immediate recall of Parliament to give MPs the right to discuss the escalating crisis in the Middle East and decide Britain's strategy in a free vote. A week later, the Government is still resisting these calls despite the utter failure and moral bankruptcy of its position.

Like hundreds of other MPs, I have been absolutely overwhelmed by the response from constituents who want an immediate end to the bloodshed. At a time of such crisis, it is crucial that MPs are able to represent the views of their constituents. Only an immediate recall of Parliament will allow our voices be heard.

Like the vast majority of the British public, I simply cannot comprehend why the Prime Minister still refuses to demand an immediate ceasefire, even as hundreds of civilians continue to die, thousands are forced from their homes, and Lebanon's infrastructure is systematically destroyed. Just today, the Israeli Government has approved military plans to further extend the invasion of Lebanon. How many more innocents have to die before the Prime Minister supports our calls for an end to this violence?

I also want to thank everyone who has been in touch to offer their support. I share your anger and grief at the senseless loss of so many innocent lives.