Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.

30 MAR 2017

Enough is Enough

Thank you very much for taking the time to email me about the sixth anniversary of the conflict in Syria.

I understand the concerns about the impact the conflict has had on children and hope the following information on this topic from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is of interest:

This is a terrible conflict, which has seen hundreds of thousands of lives lost, millions more driven into chaos and a country systematically laid waste. A recent report from UNICEF documents the horrendous suffering of children in Syria, showing many children killed or injured near schools, including schools the UK is supporting to give Syria's future generation some hope.

Over the last six years, the UK has led the international response to the crisis in Syria. In a war that has seen the civilians used as a weapon of war, we have ensured food, shelter and medicine is there for those caught up in the violence. The UK has pledged more than £2.3 billion to support those affected by the conflict, our largest ever response to a humanitarian crisis.
The London Conference on Syria last year saw the largest amount ever raised for a humanitarian crisis in a single day. Next month, the UK will co-host the follow-up conference in Brussels, where we will push the international community to once again dig deep to deliver the long-term funding needed to relieve Syria's downward spiral.
The UK continues to urge the Syrian regime to grant unhindered access to independent human rights monitors, including the UN Commission of Inquiry. The International Criminal Court should have a mandate in Syria and the UK Government continues to make the case for this. The UK Government has pursued this at the UN, but unfortunately, this was vetoed by the Russians and the Chinese.
The only way to establish lasting peace in Syria is through a credible and inclusive political transition away from the Assad regime that is responsible for the vast majority of civilian deaths in the country. The international community must redouble its efforts to support Syrians to negotiate a stable future through the UN-led talks in Geneva and bring about peace for all Syrians.

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