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Pressure piled on promoted MP as Gaza crisis worsens

Rugby Editorial 13th Aug, 2014 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016

RUGBY’S MP has been urged to use his new role in the Ministry of Defence to shift the government’s stance on Israel, in his new role in the Ministry of Defence.

The call has come from the Rugby Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC).

Spokesperson and parliamentary candidate Pete McLaren said: “I would like to ask Mark to use his position to end the government’s support for Israel’s continuing attacks on Gaza which, at last count, had killed over 1,700 Palestinians.

“At the very least, the Government must impose sanctions on Israel until it agrees an unconditional ceasefire, and it must end Britain’s arms trade with Israel.”

Two weeks ago Mark Pawsey was appointed Parliamentary private secretary to defence minister Anna Soubry.

And he responded to the TUSC call by describing the situation in Gaza as “intolerable and so fast moving that it is likely that it will have changed from the time of writing”.

“It is tragic that so many innocent civilians, including women and children, have been killed and injured in the conflict.

“In recent days we have seen ceasefires instigated and broken and it is my great hope that the recent re-establishment of a humanitarian ceasefire holds and I urge all parties to respect it.

“I believe a negotiated two-state solution remains the only way to resolve the conflict once and for all and to achieve a sustainable peace so that Israeli and Palestinian families can live without fear of violence.”

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