On 13 October the British House of Commons voted 274 to 12 to recommend that the UK recognise Palestine as a state alongside Israel. The full motion stated: "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." The vote came just 10 days after Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven’s announcement of Sweden’s recognition of the state of Palestine. The UK joins more than 130 other countries that recognise a Palestinian state.
Simon Danczuk MP was thrilled that the British House of Commons voted in favour of UK recognition of Palestinian statehood. Simon stated that “This is a historic moment. It is time for the international community and the British Government to do more to help the Palestinian cause. I’ve been to the West Bank myself and seen the way the Israeli army and settlers treat the Palestinian people, it really is awful. This is a step in the right direction for a two-state solution. I hope that the British Government will continue to help in the efforts to create peace by supporting Palestine in the future.”
The Labour Party has a strong history of backing Palestine’s request for statehood. Labour had twice previously called on the government - in 2011 and 2012 - to back Palestine's request for official state recognition at the UN. For this vote, Labour continued its history of backing Palestinian statehood by encouraging its MPs to vote for the motion.