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.

17 MAR 2019

UN Report on Gaza

Thank you very much for taking the time to email me about the recent UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry report on Gaza.

I understand you would like me to sign EDM 2161 on this matter, like many MPs I do not sign any EDMs no matter how worthy the cause. This is because EDMs now cost a huge amount per year to administer and have no chance of changing the Law. They are in effect petitions which only MPs can sign. They have also been superseded by online petitions which can be on any issue for which the Government or Parliament is responsible and any which receive 10,000 signatures will receive a response from the Government. Those petitions which reach 100,000 signatures will almost always be debated in Parliament – unless it is an issue which has recently been debated. There are also concerns that EDMs may give a false impression that action is being taken.

Alistair Burt MP, the Minister responsible for the Middle East was asked in the House last month what recent diplomatic steps he has taken towards helping to secure a lasting peace between Israel and Palestine and you can view this exchange here

The  briefing on the humanitarian situation in Gaza from the House of Commons Library may also be of interest.

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