Last night the SNP tabled an amendment to the King's Speech in regard to Israel. This was an incredibly tough vote and a decision I did not take lightly.
The loss of innocent lives in Israel due to the barbaric terror attacks on 7th October and the subsequent deaths of civilians on both sides was and is horrific. To all those who have messaged me over the past month, I completely share your wish to see the bloodshed stop.
But Hamas has publicly stated they will continue their October-style attacks until Israel is annihilated, and Israel has made clear that their military operation will continue until all hostages have been freed.
Therefore, it is the case that a vote in our Parliament calling for a ceasefire will not bring one about.
And so though I did not vote for the amendment laid yesterday, I must say that this vote must not be seen as a blank cheque for Israel to continue to conduct its operations without due scrutiny.
I have spoken to many colleagues who share this view that a huge degree of care should be taken to protect innocent lives and minimise civilian casualties. Humanitarian aid must get to the innocents who need it, and Israel must cease bombing areas where civilians are present.
While Hamas uses civilians as hostages and human shields, Israel must work to save and protect them.