Early day motion 313

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UK ARMS EXPORTS TO ISRAEL

That this House notes with concern that, despite Government commitments to keep all weapons export licences under review and despite the recent deaths of more than 2,000 civilians in Gaza, the UK is still permitting arms exports to Israel; further notes that the UK has licensed more than £40 million worth of military exports to Israel since 2010, including components used for drones, bombs and targeting systems; condemns the UK's long history of exporting arms to regimes which use them against their own citizens to suppress dissent and calls for democracy, or for external aggression; further notes that the laser guidance systems of Paveway II bombs - which were used against hospitals, schools and UN refuges in Gaza in the recent conflict - were produced in a factory in Fife, Scotland; further notes estimates that more than 50,000 such bombs have been dropped on Gaza since 8 July 2014; observes that under UK arms export rules, the UK may not issue an export licence for equipment that will be used for internal oppression; further notes with concern that the Ministry of Defence is currently working with Israel-based defence company Elbit Systems on a drone programme worth £1 billion; further condemns the Government's failure to withdraw any of the UK's 131 arms export licences to Israel; further calls on the Government to stop prioritising the profits of wealthy arms companies over human lives and global stability; and asks the Government to reconsider the UK's arms export policy to stop the use of UK-made weapons against civilians.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Caton, Martin Labour Party Gower 05.09.2014
Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 10.09.2014
Crausby, David Labour Party Bolton North East 21.10.2014
Durkan, Mark Social Democratic and Labour Party Foyle 04.09.2014
Flynn, Paul Labour Party Newport West 12.09.2014
Galloway, George Respect Bradford West 05.11.2014
George, Andrew Liberal Democrats St Ives 11.09.2014
Gilmore, Sheila Labour Party Edinburgh East 11.11.2014
Godsiff, Roger Labour Party Birmingham Hall Green 03.09.2014
Hancock, Mike INDEPENDENT Portsmouth South 09.09.2014
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 04.09.2014
Llwyd, Elfyn Plaid Cymru Dwyfor Meirionnydd 09.09.2014
Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion 12.09.2014
McDonnell, Alasdair Social Democratic and Labour Party Belfast South 13.10.2014
McDonnell, John Labour Party Hayes and Harlington 12.09.2014
Mearns, Ian Labour Party Gateshead 22.10.2014
Morris, Grahame M Labour Party Easington 22.10.2014
Qureshi, Yasmin Labour Party Bolton South East 13.10.2014
Ritchie, Margaret Social Democratic and Labour Party South Down 05.09.2014
Ward, David Liberal Democrats Bradford East 08.09.2014