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Whitstable Decides: Where the candidates stand on Palestine

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The starting gun has been fired on the General Election campaign with the dissolution of Parliament, and the contest is officially under way.

The PSC has been asking people, as part of its Vote for Palestine campaign, to press their local candidates on the positions they would take on Palestine – and voters have done so in their thousands.

We’ve been collecting the responses of our candidates in the constituencies of Faversham & Mid Kent, and in Canterbury (which includes Whitstable).

We gave all candidates plenty of time to respond (apart from Robert Cox, Socialist, whose candidacy we were only aware of at the last moment – apologies), and in some cases had to do some detective work to even find contact details for them (which doesn’t bode well for their responsiveness as MPs if they do get elected – not mentioning any names). For those who didn’t reply, we’ve marked them as ‘Did not respond’, and it’s for you to draw your own conclusions from their silence. If we do hear from them between now and election day, we will of course update this article.

So without further ado, here are the responses (or no-shows) from the candidates for Whitstable. Faversham responses can be seen in this separate post.

One last thing: Do not forget to register to vote by 20 April! The registration system has changed since the last election, so do double-check whether you are registered – you may find you are not even though you thought you were.

Julian Brazier, Conservative

DID NOT RESPOND

Robert Cox, Socialist Party of Great Britain

No response yet, but we sent our questions to him late in the day.

james-flanagan-2James Flanagan, Liberal Democrat

1. I urge the UK Government to uphold the principles of equality, human rights and international law in all its relations and dealings with Israel.

Yes

2. I consider the construction of Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land in the West Bank and East Jerusalem to be illegal and unjustifiable.

Yes

In achieving these principles, what are your views on the following steps that a future UK Government could take:

3. Do you agree that one of the first acts of the next UK Government should be the recognition of Palestine?

Yes.

4. Do you agree that the blockade on Gaza should be lifted immediately?

Yes

5. Do you agree that we should stop trade with Israel’s settlements on Palestinian land, and stop settlement goods being sold in Britain?

Yes

6. Do you agree that the EU Israel Association Agreement should be suspended until Israel meets its human rights obligations?

Yes

7. Do you agree that the government should stop supplying arms to Israel until it complies with international law?

Yes

Jim Gascoyne, UKIP

DID NOT RESPOND

sjStuart Jeffery, Green Party

1. I urge the UK Government to uphold the principles of equality, human rights and international law in all its relations and dealings with Israel.

Yes

2. I consider the construction of Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land in the West Bank and East Jerusalem to be illegal and unjustifiable.

Yes

In achieving these principles, what are your views on the following steps that a future UK Government could take:

3. Do you agree that one of the first acts of the next UK Government should be the recognition of Palestine?

Yes.

4. Do you agree that the blockade on Gaza should be lifted immediately?

Yes

5. Do you agree that we should stop trade with Israel’s settlements on Palestinian land, and stop settlement goods being sold in Britain?

Yes

6. Do you agree that the EU Israel Association Agreement should be suspended until Israel meets its human rights obligations?

Yes

7. Do you agree that the government should stop supplying arms to Israel until it complies with international law?

Yes

hugh lanningHugh Lanning, Labour

1. I urge the UK Government to uphold the principles of equality, human rights and international law in all its relations and dealings with Israel.

Yes

2. I consider the construction of Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land in the West Bank and East Jerusalem to be illegal and unjustifiable.

Yes

In achieving these principles, what are your views on the following steps that a future UK Government could take:

3. Do you agree that one of the first acts of the next UK Government should be the recognition of Palestine?

Yes.

4. Do you agree that the blockade on Gaza should be lifted immediately?

Yes

5. Do you agree that we should stop trade with Israel’s settlements on Palestinian land, and stop settlement goods being sold in Britain?

Yes

6. Do you agree that the EU Israel Association Agreement should be suspended until Israel meets its human rights obligations?

Yes

7. Do you agree that the government should stop supplying arms to Israel until it complies with international law?

Yes

He added:

As chair of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign I was delighted to receive your letter. We must continue to put pressure on the Government and on wider public opinion to act in support of Palestine, where life remains barely tolerable even though there was a ceasefire agreed in the summer.

During my election campaign I have been heartened by the amount of support which has been apparent whenever I talk about Palestine. We will be trying to maintain a focus on Palestine during the election campaign and build support so that the next Government takes action.

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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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