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.

24 JUN 2019

Saudi Arabia Arms Sales

Thank you for taking the time to email me.

I understand you are deeply concerned about the situation in Yemen. I particularly have concerns about the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia by the UK and the use of those arms against their own citizens as well as their conflict with Yemen.

It is often said that government can go further in applying pressure for genuine reform by cooperating with the Saudi regime but the extent of human rights abuses in the Kingdom calls for a far stronger approach and an end to arms sales.

I know that Campaign Against Arms Trade have won a legal challenge over the government's decision to allow arms sales to Saudi Arabia and judges have said licences should be reviewed but would not be immediately suspended. I am pleased that the International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has said the government will not grant any new licences for export to Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners while the implications of the judgment are considered. However, I realise that the government will be seeking permission to appeal against the judgment.

Thank you for getting in touch and I will be following developments in this area closely.

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