We need you to contact your MP and ask them to ensure they attend next week’s debate in the UK Parliament on new rules banning public bodies from making ethical procurement decisions.
Many of you will have read in the media about this Tory government’s new guidance limiting the ability of public bodies – including but not limited to local councils and universities – to make ethical choices in their procurements. This could reverse the many positive efforts public bodies have made to divest from illegal Israeli settlements, as well as other areas. In some cases the guidance even appears to contravene the government’s own advice and international law.
In their press release announcing the guidance, the government said….
“We need to challenge and prevent these divisive town hall boycotts. The new guidance…will help prevent damaging and counter-productive local foreign policies undermining our national security”.
Although the guidance has already been published, there are still a number of questions the government needs to answer. It’s therefore key that as many MPs as possible attend and speak out at the debate just announced so the government can see the strength of feeling there is over this issue. The debate will be held next Tuesday, March 15 in the UK Parliament’s Westminster Hall from 2:30-4:00pm.
Please make no assumptions that your MP will be there, the only way they will know of the strength of feeling is if everyone contacts them!
To find out how to contact your MP, click HERE.
* Whilst the guidance applies only to England at the moment, it could possibly have implications in the future for Scotland.
* Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine are illegal under international law (Article 49, Fourth Geneva Convention). SNP Friends of Palestine calls for an end to trade with the settlements.
Take urgent action NOW to prevent the ban on ethical procurement!