Shabana has written to constituents regarding the Economic Activity of Public Bodies Bill, also know as the ‘BDS’ Bill.
The Bill was debated earlier this month and has now proceeded to Committee Stage.
You can read her letter in full below.
Letter to constituents on ‘BDS’ Bill
I am, and have always been, a passionate and determined supporter of Palestinian rights and my parliamentary record over the past 13 years on this issue speaks for itself.
I support the recognition of Palestine as a state, as well as an end to the blockade of Gaza, and a halt to the building of illegal settlements in the West Bank.
A Labour Government will take all necessary steps to support the creation of a sovereign and prosperous Palestinian state, through a peaceful and diplomatic settlement to the conflict.
Specifically, on the Economic Activity of Public Bodies Bill, Labour’s reasoned amendment made clear our belief that it is right for public bodies to take ethical decisions, but these must be consistent with their investment and procurement policy, and be based on principles that are applied equally to all countries.
There are serious concerns that the legislation would be subject to repeated and extended legal battles as it may be incompatible with international law. Even senior Conservative MPs have spoken of concerns regarding the Bill.
The Bill could also undermine the UK’s longstanding cross-party position in respect of the Occupied Palestinian Territories and run counter to UN Security Council resolutions.
The Bill is now at committee stage, where I hope cross-party working will see amendments made to address some of the issues I have outlined above. To be absolutely clear: if the government do not accept Labour’s alternative approach, we will be voting against the Bill on Third Reading.
Rest assured, as per my previous record on issues relation to the region, I will continue to do all that I can to press for justice for all people in the region.
Member of Parliament for Birmingham Ladywood