Stephen Timms has tonight voted in favour of recognising Palestine as a state alongside Israel.
He joined other MPs in the House of Commons backing a motion stating "That this House believes that the Government should recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel as a contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution," by 274 votes to 12.
Labour supported the Motion as it reflected their support for the principle of recognition of Palestinian statehood, having twice called on the government - in 2011 and 2012 - to back Palestine's request for official state recognition at the UN. Government ministers abstained.
Speaking afterwards, Stephen said: “I am pleased the House of Commons had the chance to debate the issue of a Palestinian state earlier today. The motion which I voted for – rightly in my view – supported unreservedly the principle of recognising Palestinian statehood.
“The Labour Party supported the idea to recognise a Palestinian state when the issue was debated in the UN in 2011. In Government, we would contribute to international debate about the timing, and the mechanism by which Palestinian statehood would be achieved.”