Tory aide quits over Palestine vote

p2412UK-News-4-1

Published: Tuesday 14th October 2014 by The News Editor

Comments (0)

A Tory MP has quit as a ministerial aide so he could vote against the recognition of Palestine as a state.

Mike Freer, whose Finchley and Golders Green seat covers the heart of north London’s Jewish community, said he felt obliged to represent his constituents.

He was one of just 12 MPs who opposed a Commons motion calling for a change in Government policy as a “contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution”.

The symbolic vote – won by a majority of 262 – does not bind ministers and Middle East Minister Tobias Ellwood told the Commons the moment was not right to grant recognition.

The timing of when the UK opts to accept Palestinian statehood was “critical”, he said, insisting : “You can, after all, only play this card once.”

Skills and Equalities Minister Nick Boles – to whom Mr Freer was appointed a parliamentary private secretary (PPS) in July – said he was sad to lose him but described it as “a n honourable decision by a fine man”.

Mr Freer said that as an aide he was not supposed to take part in the vote on backbench business.

“I resigned as PPS to represent constituents and support the Government policy on a two-state solution,” he said.

Published: Tuesday 14th October 2014 by The News Editor

Comments (0)

Local business search