West Norfolk MP James Wild votes against calling for ceasefire in Israel-Palestine conflict
North West Norfolk MP James Wild says he voted against calling for a ceasefire in the Israel-Palestine conflict because it would likely be ignored by terrorists.
The parliament vote, which took place on Wednesday, was brought after an amendment to the King’s speech was suggested by the Scottish National Party. This called for a ceasefire, but MPs voted 293 to 125 to reject it.
The ordeal has proven controversial, with eight Labour frontbenchers resigning after being ordered by leader Keir Starmer to oppose the amendment.
South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss did not vote, but Mr Wild made clear that he believes calling for a ceasefire would be futile.
He said: “I support the UK Government’s active efforts to secure longer humanitarian pauses so that desperately needed aid can get to the people and hospitals in Gaza that urgently need it.
“The terrorist group Hamas has made clear it wants to repeat the horrific murders of October 7, to destroy Israel, and it continues to hold hundreds of hostages – including children, the elderly and British citizens.
“Hamas has no interest in stopping its terrorist attacks and given that it is not realistic to put in place a ceasefire that they would simply ignore.”
In West Norfolk, the Lynn Stop the War group has been calling for a ceasefire in the conflict, which began on October 7.