Yemen

Part of Concentrix – in the House of Commons at 5:20 pm on 26th October 2016.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham 5:20 pm, 26th October 2016

It is right for us to support the legitimately elected and UN-backed Government of Yemen. It is also important for us to work tirelessly to bring about the ceasefire to which my right hon. Friend Keith Vaz referred, because without it we shall not be able to get humanitarian aid into the country or advance a political settlement. However, I cannot support the motion, because my hon. Friend Emily Thornberry, concentrated on only part of the story, which she does quite a lot when it comes to this conflict. She condemned the actions of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, but completely ignored what is being done by the Houthis, and the Iranian-backed weapons that are being taken into Yemen to fuel the conflict and help the Iranians to destabilise the region.

War is a horrible thing, and if there are violations on either side, I strongly believe that they should be investigated. It is sad that it was only in response to an intervention from my hon. Friend Stephen Twigg that my hon. Friend the Member for Islington South and Finsbury said yes, we should investigate all sides.