In the past four weeks since Parliament has been in session, I have contributed to a number of debates in the House of Commons and have asked a number of questions. This has been on a variety of subjects, including Transport Oral Questions, in favour of the Government’s Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill and on the conflict in the Middle East.
The situation in the region is of extreme concern, both due to the deaths of civilians on all sides and the extent that the conflict has the potential to exacerbate existing divides in our communities here in Britain. The death of innocent people on all sides is a human tragedy, and I do hope for an end to the conflict that ensures the security of Israeli civilians and the end of Hamas’ ability to oppress Palestinian civilians and use them as human shields.
As such, I have asked questions to the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary on the subject, highlighting the barbarity of Hamas’ attack on Israel and the need for Israel to defend itself whilst respecting international law. I also discussed the growing prevalence of antisemitism- with antisemitic incidents in the UK increasing by 1,300% since the start of the conflict.
I also spoke on the Levelling-Up and Regeneration Bill regarding how it will be of benefit to the environment and the devolving of power to regional bodies to help local decision making.
My contributions to debates are available to read via the following link: https://members.parliament.uk/member/4116/contributions
(Photo: Sir Michael Ellis MP speaking in the House of Commons Chamber recently)