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Backbench Business — Palestine and Israel

Part of Business of the House – in the House of Commons at 5:46 pm on 13th October 2014.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington 5:46 pm, 13th October 2014

I beg to move,

That this House
believes that the Government should recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel.

I wish to place on record my thanks to the Backbench Business Committee for allocating time in the main Chamber for what is obviously, given the number of Members from all parts of the House who have indicated support, a very popular and timely debate. May I say at the outset that I am happy to support the amendment standing in the name of my right hon. Friend Mr Straw and various other Members? It has always been my position that recognition of Palestinian statehood should form the basis of any future peace negotiations, and the amendment clarifies that.