Andrew Gwynne pushes government on Iranian proxies in the UK

LFI parliamentary supporter Andrew Gwynne MP

LFI parliamentary supporter Andrew Gwynne has today used Foreign Office Questions to ask what steps the government is taking to deal with the activity of Iranian proxies in the UK, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

He asked: The Foreign Secretary knows that there are concerns across the House of Commons about the involvement of Iranian state-based actors here in the United Kingdom and their threats towards Iranian activists here who have fled persecution in their homeland. He knows the strength of feeling about proscription as well. What assessment has the Department made of the rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and the Iranian regime, and has he spoken to anybody in Saudi Arabia about that?

To which Foreign Secretary James Cleverly replied: I have had conversations with both the Saudi ambassador to the Court of St James and the Saudi Foreign Minister on that issue. They are making attempts to permanently bring ceasefires in Yemen to a full peace settlement. If that is the case, we are very happy to support that action. We remain deeply engaged with regard to Iran’s regional behaviour. On the threats to British nationals and people based here in the UK, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office maintains a very close and ongoing working relationship with the Home Office, as the hon. Gentleman would expect, so that we can co-ordinate both our defence and our international actions on that issue.