Upgrading of Palestinian Delegation


The UK government today announced that it is upgrading the Palestinian Delegation to London to the level of a Mission. You can read the FCO statement online here.

I am pleased that the government has upgraded the Palestinian Delegation and increased their diplomatic recognition in the UK.

Today’s announcement also recognises the Palestinians as a people. As a people they have rights – but they have been denied those rights for too long. We must now re-double all our efforts to bring an end to the occupation and achieve an independent Palestinian state living in peace and security alongside Israel.

I look forward to when the UK can announce the next upgrading of the Palestinian Mission in the UK and the opening of an Embassy of the State of Palestine.


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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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