Tommy contributes to the Westminster Hall Debate on automatic voter registration (29th June 2016).
14 years ago today, the Palestinian MP Marwan Barghouthi was jailed. This week I sponsored a parliamentary motion calling on the Israeli parliament to release him.
I, and the other MPs who have signed, are calling for his release so that he can play a part in the process of reconciliation, unification and negotiation that will be needed before Palestine achieves its independence. Barghouthi, now 56, is still the candidate in the strongest position to win a presidential election to succeed Mahmoud Abbas, according to a recent poll by the Palestinian Centre for Policy and Survey Research. And precedents has been set - just look at South Africa, where Nelson Mandela was released from prison so he could take part in negotiations for majority rule, and India, where Gandhi and Nehru were released by the British so they could take part in negotiations for independence.
Early Day Motion raises awareness of unfair treatment of non-Jewish refugees in Israel
Tommy Sheppard MP has sponsored an EDM calling on the Israeli Government to improve its treatment of non-Jewish, African asylum seekers. Less than one percent of applications by African refugees are successful, while Israel’s closest neighbours, Jordan and Lebanon, have each accepted millions of refugees fleeing Syria.
Tommy Sheppard MP has sponsored an Early Day Motion congratulating Gordon on his extraordinarily successful campaign raising awareness of Motor Neurone Disease, and the substantial amount of funding he has raised for research. The motion also calls for more public spending, which has fallen by a third over the last three financial years and is currently at a five year low.
MND is a cruel, debilitating and progressive disease that attacks the brain and spinal cord leading to weakness as muscles gradually waste away. It is a fatal disease and there is no cure. Currently it is not even known what causes it. Life expectancy after diagnosis is on average less than two years. This is why funding for research is vital.