Faversham & Mid Kent MP Hugh Robertson joined with 273 other MPs to vote in favour of recognising Palestinian statehood in this week’s historic parliamentary vote – but Canterbury & Whitstable MP Julian Brazier did not vote at all.
The vote, which does not bind the government but sent a strong message of solidarity with Palestinians and represents the disgust felt at Israel’s attacks and its ongoing occupation, was carried by 274 votes to 12.
The motion was passed after more than 50,000 people contacted their parliamentarians urging them to support the move. It follows the decision of the new centre-left Swedish government to recognise Palestinian statehood.
However, some campaigners who have doubts about the viability of a two-state solution (and the justice of an occupied people being expected to negotiate and compromise with a rogue state) were disappointed that the motion was amended to read: “That this House believes that the Government should recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel, as a contribution to securing a negotiated two state solution.”