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Local MP Dr Rupa Huq challenges Lord David Cameron over Gaza

As Parliament gets dissolved on Thursday (30 May 2024) for the run up to the General Election on 4 July 2024, Ealing Central and Acton MP Dr Rupa Huq has said she will continue to press the government over the situation in Gaza.

Dr Huq is one of 56 Labour MPs who voted in Parliament to back a motion for a ceasefire in November 2023.

Recently, the MP who is standing for the fourth time, spoke to Foreign Secretary Lord David Cameron along with Billy Vaughan, public affairs officer from Quakers in Britain.

During their impromptu meeting, both Dr Huq and Mr Vaughan lobbied Lord Cameron to stop arm sales to Israel and the Israeli attack on Rafah.

Dr Huq said: “Over the past seven months that this war has raged I’ve questioned Rishi Sunak in public in Parliament as well as the Foreign Secretary on the Rafah invasion along with Billy Vaughan of the Quakers. I asked what we were doing to stop the imminent full scale Rafah incursion and why we could not question him which I believe to be a huge democratic deficit.”

She added: “In his usual smooth manner, he brushed Billy and me off informing us that he had just spent several hours before the House of Lords committee and that he had appeared at the Liaison Committee of MPs. However none of these are open to backbench MPs like me. I will continue to relentlessly press the government on Rafah, against UK arms sales to Israel, for the resettlement of Gaza refugees, a massive injection of aid including restoration of funding to UNWRA and importantly the immediate ceasefire so badly needed. “

Billy Vaughan from Quakers of Britain commented: “It was good to get the opportunity to join Rupa Huq in holding the Foreign Secretary to account for his refusal to halt arms export licences to Israel.”

He added: “Quakers in Britain have joined other faith groups in calling for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza and an end to foreign military support for Israel. The global arms trade allows a small minority to profit from the killing and suffering of others, and nowhere is this more apparent right now than in Gaza.
“UN experts have described what is happening in Gaza as a genocide, and yet the government still refuses to publish its legal advice on whether Israel is committing war crimes.

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