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Events, Your Elected Representatives

Speech at mass lobby “strengthened our resolve to intensify campaign”

Local PSC members joined more than 350 other supporters of the Palestinian cause for a mass lobby of Parliament on 9th September in London.

They came to press their MPs to take action on the plight of Palestinians, and were met by more than 100 parliamentarians.

The lobby heard a speech from Palestinian politician Dr Mustafa Barghouti, described by local member Frankie as “one of the most powerful things I’ve heard and seen for a long time. It says it all about what happened to Gaza. Everyone in the hall was in tears, I think. It strengthened our resolve to intensify our campaigning”. Dr Barghouti’s full speech is available to read here. A video is available here, but please be aware that Dr Barghouti’s presentation includes distressing images.

However, despite the good turnout of MPs, our local members were unable to meet Faversham & Mid Kent MP Hugh Robertson following confusion over his diary arrangements.

Constituents who contacted Mr Robertson asking him to attend were told that he would not be available to hear their concerns on the day of the lobby as he was attending the Invictus Games for injured soldiers. When local PSC members noticed that the Games were not due to start until the following day and emphasised the importance of the lobby, Mr Robertson made an 11th-hour change, saying that while he was attending a pre-Games event on Tuesday he would now be able to attend the lobby for just 15 minutes in the late afternoon.

This change, however, came at such a late stage that no local members were able to meet him – and some had cancelled their trip to London because of his earlier message. It remains unclear whether our local MP did attend the lobby. Local PSC chair Penny said she has requested to meet Mr Robertson for three years without success, but will try again at future lobbies of Parliament.

Read more about the lobby on the national PSC website.

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About Faversham and Whitstable Palestine Solidarity Campaign

We are one of over forty branches of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign across England and Wales, campaigning for Palestinian self determination, national, human and civil rights.

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