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.

29 MAR 2018

Israel 70th Birthday

Thank you very much for taking the time to email me about Israel's 70th Anniversary of independence.

I hope the following information on this topic from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is of interest:

The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu was in London, as a guest of the Government, on the centenary of the Balfour Declaration in November last year. Israel is a thriving democracy and an example to the rest of the world for overcoming adversity. The Prime Minister regularly underlines Britain's friendship with Israel and reiterates our support for Jewish communities in the UK.
The international community must redouble its efforts to support a comprehensive peace agreement that delivers a safe and secure Israel alongside an independent Palestine. A two-state solution brought about through agreement is the most effective way for Palestinian aspirations of statehood to be met.
The UK Government is deeply committed to promoting our trade and business ties with Israel and accordingly is strongly opposed to the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions Movement. The UK enjoys a productive relationship with Israel which enables us to express our views at senior levels very frankly.

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