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Sadiq votes in favour of Palestinian recognition

Commenting on last night's vote, Sadiq said:

"On Monday 13th October I voted in favour of the motion recognising Palestine as a state, along with a majority of my Labour Party colleagues.  

The scale of human suffering we have witnessed in the region over the last few months has been heart-breaking. At the time I made representations on behalf of the many constituents who contacted me to both the Foreign Secretary and the Secretary of State for International Development, to ask the UK government to take action to halt the violence and support those caught up in it.

I have been consistent in my support for the principle of recognising Palestinian statehood. We also need to continue steps to achieve a comprehensive negotiated two state solution. I was proud to vote to support the principle of Palestinian statehood when Parliament had a chance to express a view. Palestinian statehood is not a gift to be given but a right to be recognised and that is why since 2011 Labour has supported Palestinian recognition at the United Nations.

I fully support two states living side by side in peace, recognised by all of their neighbours and the wider international community. Both sides, regional players and the international community - including the UK Government must take concrete steps to rekindle hopes that there is a credible route to a viable Palestinian state and a secure Israel achieved by negotiations. The Labour Party are clear that Palestinian recognition at the UN would be such a step. That is why Labour called on the then Foreign Secretary, William Hague, in 2011 and in 2012 to commit Britain to supporting the Palestinians' bid for recognition at the UN, not a means of bypassing the need for talks, but as a bridge for restarting them. It is disappointing that the Coalition government disagreed with this. 

I am proud to have voted to support the principle of Palestinian statehood when the opportunity arose in Parliament."

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