'Palestine is still the issue'
Prospective parliamentary candidates for the marginal seat of Hammersmith will come together in a pre-election debate on one of the world's most intractable foreign policy issues: Palestine.
The West London branch of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) has invited the candidates of the four main parties to give their own personal views - and not necessarily those of their parties - on what foreign policy strategies the next government should adopt to help bring about a solution to the 60-year-old conflict between Palestinians and Israelis.
Possible topics for discussion include: settlement expansion, the continued blockade of Gaza, the assassination of a Hamas official by Mossad in Dubai, Government plans to change the law on the arrest of suspected war criminals who visit the UK, the EU trade agreement with Israel, and the destruction of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem.
A recent public meeting in Hammersmith with Foreign Secretary David Miliband showed there was a huge amount of local interest in these issues. With a general election just weeks away, and the Hammersmith seat hotly contested, it is expected to be a lively meeting. The debate will be followed by questions and comments from the audience.
The meeting takes place on Wednesday April 7th at 7pm, Rivercourt Methodist Church, King Street, Hammersmith.
Andrew Slaughter - MP for Ealing, Acton & Shepherd's Bush and candidate for the new constituency of Hammersmith
Shaun Bailey -Conservative candidate for Hammersmith
Merlene Emerson - Lib Dem candidate for Hammersmith
Rollo Miles - Green Party candidate for Hammersmith
The meeting will be chaired by Salim Alam, West London PSC's chairperson.
For further information on the work of PSC go to Palestine Solidarity Campaign .
March 21, 2010