Labour pushes government to support peace process in Lords debate

LFI parliamentary supporter and Shadow FCDO Lords spokesperson Lord Collins of Highbury

Labour’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Spokesperson in the House of Lords, Lord Collins of Highbury, has today urged the government to do more to support the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in the debate following a government statement on Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories in the House of Lords.

Lord Collins, a longstanding LFI parliamentary supporter, began his comments by “condemning the appalling and cowardly murder of Lucy, Maia and Rina Dee, and send our deepest condolences to Rabbi Leo Dee and the rest of the family”.

He went on to outline Labour’s opposition to “all actions that make a two-state solution harder to achieve, including rocket attacks, the expansion of illegal settlements, settler violence and evictions and demolitions, and condemn all acts of terrorism”.

Lord Collins also urged the government to outline the steps it is taking to “with our international partners to support” the recent summits at Aqaba and Sharm El-Sheikh, at which the Israel and the Palestinian Authority agreed to reduce tensions and minimise opportunities for violence, particularly in light of recent violence in the region.