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SNP strengthens Gaza ceasefire motion to call for halt to UK arms supplies to Israel

MPs will face a fresh Commons motion demanding a halt to UK arms supplies to Israel this week when the SNP relaunches its parliamentary battle calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. 

An SNP call for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza ended in chaos last week when Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle gave precedence to a Labour amendment watering down the call.

To make up for the debacle, the SNP is being allowed to submit a new motion, which will be debated on Wednesday.

In addition to calling for an immediate ceasefire it will demand “specific, practical, concrete steps to help make an immediate ceasefire happen” including an end to UK arms supplies to Israel.

SNP Westminster leader Stephen Flynn MP said he wants to “substantially shift the dial on the current position of Rishi Sunak and Sir Keir Starmer, who are still too timid in their approach to securing an immediate ceasefire.”

Mr Flynn said: “After the shameful scenes at Westminster last week, it’s vital the UK Parliament urgently focuses on what really matters — doing everything we can to help secure an immediate ceasefire and lasting peace in Gaza and Israel.

“As a key ally and defence trading partner of Israel, and a member of the UN security council, the UK has an important role to play.

“But the UK government, which still opposes even calling for an immediate ceasefire, is not doing anywhere near enough to secure one.

“The SNP wants Parliament to mandate the UK government to use its position on the UN security council to vote for an immediate ceasefire and follow the advice of independent UN experts to halt all transfers of military equipment and technology, including components, to Israel, and to suspend the issuing of new licences.”

The US is likely to veto any ceasefire call at the United Nations, despite the death toll in Gaza hitting more than 29,000.

Shadow international development secretary Lisa Nandy denied that anyone had put pressure on Sir Lindsay to favour Labour’s amendment to avoid an embarrassing rebellion by Labour MPs.

Since the chaos in the Commons the issue has been clouded in a fog of manufactured concern over MPs’ safety.

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