Lisa Nandy backs UN recognition of Palestine in Parliamentary Motion

Lisa Nandy MP has added her name to an Early Day Motion to demonstrate her support for recognition by the United Nations of Palestine as a state alongside the state of Israel.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas intends to ask the UN General Assembly to vote to recognise Palestine as a non-member state at the UN General Assembly session later this month and on the back of calls last year by the Labour Party to support Palestinian recognition, MPs from a range of political parties have stepped up the pressure.

Recognition of Palestinian statehood at the United Nations would be part of continuing steps to achieve a comprehensive two state solution.  You can read Shadow Foreign Secretary of State, Douglas Alexander MP’s letter to William Hague online here. The Government, however, decided that it would abstain on any vote on full Palestinian membership of the UN at the Security Council. At the time, William Hague did say in the House that different considerations may apply to a vote at the General Assembly.

The picture shows: front row left to right Peter Hain, Ian Lavery, Simon Danczuk, Richard Burden, Sir Gerald Kaufman, Jack Straw, Mark Durkan (SDLP), Margaret Ritchie (SDLP); middle row: Andy Slaughter, John McDonnell, Jeremy Corbyn, Linda Riordain, Caroline Lucas (Green), David Ward (LibDem), Baroness Jenny Tonge (LibDem Ind); back row: Sandra Osborne, Ann Clwyd, Lisa Nandy, Paul Flynn, Jim Fitzpatrick, Alex Cunningham.