Tuesday, 27 November 2012
I have today written to the MP for Dundee West in the following terms:
Sent: 27 November 2012 08:44
To: Jim McGovern MP
As you will be aware, the Palestinians are seeking recognition of sovereignty by applying for Observer status at the UN on 29th November. This is a fundamental step towards having long term peace in the region and moves the two state solution closer to reality. Unfortunately the British government is planning to abstain in this vote. However, it is expected that the Palestinians are likely to win this bid and gain recognition by the UN. There are a number of senior members of the government like Nick Clegg that are actively lobbying fellow MPs to vote in support of a yes vote. Can you please advise what your position on Palestinian sovereignty is?
It is important that we demonstrate our international outlook by supporting this initiative by impressing upon both the Westminster Government and indeed all MPs the need to support the Palestinian bid. The government has openly stated that all parties should work together to achieve the two state solution and supporting this bid would demonstrate that the government genuinely believe in this solution and are prepared to work towards creating political, diplomatic and trade encouragements for doing so.
This vote is due to take place this Thursday (29th November 2012) and I look forward to hearing your views on this matter.
Cllr Fraser Macpherson
Liberal Democrat Councillor for the West End
Dundee City Council