Plaid Cymru urges Welsh Labour MPs to support ceasefire call

Westminster should follow example shown by Senedd, says Liz Saville Roberts

Plaid Cymru Westminster leader, Liz Saville Roberts MP, has urged Welsh Labour MPs to vote in favour of the amendment to the King’s Speech tabled by the SNP and co-signed by Plaid Cymru calling for an immediate ceasefire in Israel and Gaza.

Ahead of a vote expected today (Wednesday) on a ceasefire, Plaid Cymru urged Welsh Labour MPs to follow the lead shown by the Senedd, which last week “took a stand in the cause of humanity”.

The Welsh Parliament backed calls for a ceasefire last Wednesday week, after 11 Labour backbenchers supported a Plaid Cymru motion. Welsh Government ministers abstained on the vote.


In a letter, Liz Saville Roberts MP writes:

“Last week, the Senedd took a stand in the cause of humanity by calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. Wales is a small nation, but our national parliament made a powerful statement for peace.

“Plaid Cymru sought cross party support for the motion with a clear and unequivocal call for a ceasefire from both sides as a precursor to peace talks, an immediate and lasting end to the violence and death of civilians in Israel and Palestine, and a global effort to ease the humanitarian suffering in Gaza.

“11 Labour and 1 Liberal Democrat MS joined calls for peace. Now, we in Westminster have an opportunity to join those calls. We can show the innocent civilians in Gaza, and the families of Israeli hostages who are desperate for their safe return, that we stand with them.

“Humanitarian pauses are insufficient. UNRWA has that communications will start to fail as of Thursday 16 November, when telecommunications companies run out of fuel to operate their data centres and major connection sites.

“Without reliable communications, people will not know when 4-hour pauses in the bombing begin or when they should begin to undertake the perilous journey across Gaza without access to fuel.

“It's important that we, as parliamentarians, do what we can to end the terrible suffering and try to build a lasting peace for both Israelis and Palestinians alike.

“I urge you to support the SNP’s amendment to the King’s Speech tomorrow.”

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  • Elain Roberts
    published this page in News 2023-11-22 10:21:17 +0000

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