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.

22 MAR 2017

Israel Human Rights

Thank you very much for taking the time to email me about the recent Israeli law concerning people who have publicly called for a boycott of Israel and/or settlements.

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

On 6 March 2017, the Israeli Parliament passed a law giving authority to deny entry to Israel to foreign nationals who have publicly called for a boycott of Israel and/or settlements, or who belong to an organisation which has called for a boycott. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has updated its travel advice on Israel accordingly.
It is the case, of course, that Israel, like every other country, is ultimately responsible for determining its own rules on immigration and on visits.
The Government is seeking urgent clarification from the Israeli authorities as to what the application of this new policy might be and I will be following closely how this law will be applied, and what diplomatic pressure can be exerted to ensure that this does not unduly affect British citizens.

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