Flotilla: Jackson goes through the motions

LAZY? Not Glenda Jackson. She has got a thirst on for parliamentary business. In her first month as MP for Hampstead and Kilburn she has been rattling through the lists of Early Day Motions at the Commons and adding her name. She’s done 18 already – including a demand from Labour MP Richard Burden to end the Israeli blockade of Gaza:

That this House is appalled by the loss of life associated with Israel’s attack on the flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza; notes that UK and other nationals have been held by Israel despite the attack having taken place in international waters; endorses the call of the United Nations Secretary General for a prompt, impartial, credible and transparent investigation conforming to international standards; recognises that Israel’s blockade which has destroyed the economy of Gaza and deepened poverty still inflicts widespread suffering and, by imposing collective punishment on the people of Gaza, is itself contrary to international law; and calls on the international community to require Israel to end its blockade and to redouble international efforts to secure a lasting settlement with a secure and independent state of Palestine alongside a secure and independent Israel.

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