British MPs call for recognition of Palestine


Today MPs debated the possible UN membership of a Palestinian state.

The debate, which was secured by Richard Burden MP, took place two weeks before Palestine is expected to ask the United Nations to recognise an independent Palestinian state within 1967 borders.

Mr Burden, who chairs the Britain-Palestine All Party Parliamentary Group, used the debate to call on the government to recognise an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel and support its admission to the United Nations.

Yesterday, as Parliament returned from the summer recess, over 40 MPs also put their name to a parliamentary motion supporting Palestinian membership of the United Nations tabled by Rt Hon Ann Clwyd MP, Chair of the Parliamentary Human Rights Group.

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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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