Labour considers backing SNP Gaza ceasefire motionon February 18, 2024 at 2:22 pm

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David Lammy says he will “scrutinise” the text of the SNP motion ahead of a Commons vote on Wednesday.

David Lammy

Labour is considering backing a SNP motion calling for am immediate ceasefire in Gaza, the shadow foreign secretary has said.

David Lammy said he will “scrutinise” the motion ahead of Wednesday’s vote.

It comes three months after 10 Labour frontbench MPs resigned to support a previous SNP motion on the issue.

After Scottish Labour endorsed a near identical motion on Saturday, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said the Gaza conflict “must stop now”.

In a speech to Scottish Labour delegates on Sunday, Sir Keir said: “I have just returned from the Munich Security Conference where every conversation I had came back to the situation in Israel and Gaza.”

The Labour leader said everyone wanted an end to the fighting, “not just for now, not just for a pause, but permanently”.

“A ceasefire that lasts. That is what must happen now. The fighting must stop now.”

Earlier, Mr Lammy told BBC One’s Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg it was “abominable” that “over 28,000 people have lost their lives” including women and children.

But he said that any proposal must include a permanent solution to stop the conflict.

“Of course, people want to see a ceasefire, the question now is how. When that ceasefire comes we can’t see the fighting restart,” he added.

But he said he had not seen the SNP’s proposed amendment and was not convinced that the wording being posted online gave detail’s of a “sustainable” ceasefire.

Mr Lammy warned that parliamentary votes in the UK “will not bring about a ceasefire”.

He said an agreement would need to come from Hamas, the Israeli government and “partners for peace saying the fighting must now stop”.

On Saturday, Anas Sarwar – the leader of the party in Scotland – described the SNP motion as “perfectly reasonable”.

Labour has consistently argued that any ceasefire must be sustainable while yesterday Scottish Labour backed an “immediate” ceasefire at its conference.

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