Speech to the Palestine Solidarity Campaign Rally


We should not be starry-eyed about Annapolis, but neither should we reject it
Speech to the Palestine Solidarity Campaign Rally
House of Commons, 28th November 2007

On 28th November 2007 Richard Burden, MP and Chair of the Britain-Palestine All Party Parliamentary Group, gave a speech to the Palestine Solidarity Campaign Rally at the House of Commons.

Richard said that he understands the scepticism about the meetings in Annapolis, and indeed shares some of it himself. But he went on to say that whilst we are right to be sceptical, we must not allow that scepticism to debilitate us or to lead us to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Because the reality is that Annapolis is happening. Palestinians and Israelis are there and they are talking. It may not be taking place in the circumstances we had hoped for or in the form we had called for. But it is happening and there are some signs that something just might come out of it.

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I was Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield between 1992 and 2019 and a former Shadow Transport Minister. I now chair Healthwatch in Birmingham and Solihull, and the West Midlands Board of Remembering Srebrenica. I also work as a public affairs consultant. I am an effective community advocate and stakeholder alliance builder with a passion for human rights. I am a trustee of the Balfour Project charity and of Citizens Advice Birmingham, and a former Chair of Medical Aid for Palestinians.

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