Starmer urges Middle East collective security and IRGC proscription

Labour leader Keir Starmer

Responding to today’s statement from the prime minister following Iran’s drone and missile attack against Israel over the weekend, Labour leader Keir Starmer set out Labour’s response.

In his comments, he said: “The combined defensive action this weekend was a success and, because of that, lives were saved. As a result, escalation is not inevitable. In repelling the attack, Israel showed strength and courage. It must now show the same strength and courage to de-escalate. That has to be the primary objective, and that is the responsibility of all sides and every partner. We must be resolute and united in our support for the collective security of Israel, Jordan and other partners in the region.”

He went on to set out Labour’s view of the Iranian regime and called for the proscription of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist group: “Nobody in this House should be, or is, under any illusion: this is a regime that sponsors terror across the middle east and beyond, that murders and represses its own people and supports Putin’s war efforts in Ukraine. So can the Prime Minister update the House on any new steps he is taking with our international partners to pursue sanctions against the regime, and can he clarify what steps he is taking to limit the power of the revolutionary guard to glorify terrorism here in the UK?”

You can read the full debate here.