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As the situation in Gaza and Palestine is a fast-moving, please find below my latest correspondence to constituents who have contacted me.  If you have sent me an email and have not yet received a response, please be aware that I receive hundreds of emails on a daily basis and there may be a delay in between posting the correspondence response below and you receiving my response.

My letter to Foreign Secretary -  7 December 2023

My letter dated 15 November 2023

My letter of 10 November 2023
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Thank you for your email regarding the terrible conflict in Gaza. Those that have raised this issue with me previously, will know that I completely condemn the violence that is occurring in the region and that I have called for a ceasefire. I have also already written to the Foreign Secretary on this matter, receiving a response which totally falls short of an adequate solution from this Conservative Government. I have set up a special page on my website upon which I will post my latest communications on this fast-moving issue. You can access this page by following this link As the Labour Party is not in government, the Party is unable to dictate how the UK responds to conflicts in other parts of the world. Calling for the resignation of Sir Keir Starmer only deflects from the terrible mess that this Conservative Government has made of the UK over the past 13 years. The impact of the awful decisions the Government have made, not only affect us here in the UK with the cost-of-living crisis but also internationally, due to their continued failure to negotiate in this conflict. It is imperative that we concentrate on ensuring that Labour does win at the next General Election so that the Party can influence the key decision makers involved in the Gaza conflict, namely Israel and America. It is important that we do not appear divided on the issues at a time when we need to come together to try and help those innocent people in the Middle East, who are suffering every minute that this conflict continues. I would like to ask that we as a community in Preston come together to drive out a government that does not care. It is essential that we work together throughout this awful situation, to ensure that we can bring a government into power to alter the terrible circumstances that those individuals abroad and at home are suffering. There has been a call for MPs to sign EDM 1685. An EDM bears no power at all, they are only used to put on record the views of individual MPs and do not have any bearing on the current government, legislation or in the international arena. Instead of signing the EDM, which incidentally fell when Parliament prorogued for the Kings Speech, I ensured that I wrote directly to the Government to apply pressure to the Foreign Secretary, a much more powerful way of making my voice and the voice of Prestonians, heard. I would like to be clear that again, at the time of writing, there has been no vote in the House of Commons on this issue. Please do feel free to keep checking on my website listed above as I will ensure that any relevant correspondence and my voting record on this matter, if a vote is called, will be posted on there. Please be assured that I will be keeping a close eye on this situation as it develops and I will continue to make the voices of the people of Preston heard at a National level. Yours sincerely

My letter of  31 October 2023
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Thank you for your recent correspondence with me on this very critical and important issue. Recent events in Gaza have been so terrible that I believe that it is now time to call for a ceasefire. Things on the ground in the Middle East are changing quickly on a daily basis and I am keeping a close watch on it as events unfold. This statement is meant to clarify my views on this issue and address some of the points that constituents have raised with me.

My letter to Foreign Secretary - 18 Oct 2023
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These are the email replies to my constituents

These are previous press statements or articles in which I have expressed my thoughts on the subject.

Hansard is the official record of what is spoken in the House of Commons Chamber or  during Westminster Hall Debates

These are the updates about the situation in Gaza or the West Bank from previous newsletters

Written Parliamentary Questions are put to Government Minister for them to answer on topical issues

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Parliament TV Videos on speaking about this topic

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