George urges Prime Minister to deploy RFA Argus to Gaza

Posted on: 8th August 2014

West Cornwall MP, Andrew George, has stepped up his campaign for the Government to send the Royal Navy hospital ship RFA Argus to Gaza. Mr George has now written to the Prime Minister, David Cameron, to call for the immediate deployment of the Falmouth based RFA Argus to support the humanitarian effort in Gaza. Mr George previously wrote to the Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Fallon (4th August) to request deployment of the ship to Gaza.

Mr George said, “I have written to the Prime Minister on behalf of thousands of people who have signed or support a petition gathered in Cornwall in the last few days, and also many MPs across all Parties to urge the Government to act quickly to deploy UK MOD assets in support of the humanitarian effort to help the beleaguered people of Gaza.

“I am confident that, had Parliament been sitting now, there would be overwhelming support amongst my MP colleagues for the Government to take a much more decisive role by providing concerted humanitarian and medical aid in support of the people of Gaza.

“Even those who do not agree with me – and, indeed, Baroness Warsi, and other notables – that the UK should do more to condemn the actions of Israel and to demonstrate international leadership in criticising the disproportionate and indiscriminate nature of their military campaign, would, nevertheless, support such a humanitarian initiative.”