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MP for Mid Sussex appeals for peace in Gaza

Nicholas Soames, Conservative MP for Mid Sussex, has spoken out about the situation in Gaza and appealed for peace.

In a statement he said: "The siege of Gaza - with its attendant collective punishment of the Gazan people, and the three incursions by Israel into Gaza in the past six years, leaving in their wake death, destruction and traumatised children - has left moderate Palestinians feeling they have no hope."

He added: " It is never an easy thing for a government to have to tell one of its close allies an unpalatable truth, but in the name of humanity, and the long term prospect of peace and security, the time has come for Great Britain to tell Israel that the bombardment of Gaza and the subjugation of the Palestinian people must stop."

Confidence is high, says Foreign Secretary on Sussex tour

It was a flying visit but a welcome boost for businesses in Sussex today as the Foreign Secretary, William Hague - dropped in. In advance of the European elections next week - he was keen to bang the drum for Tory policy both on jobs - prosperity and on Europe itself.

We sent David Johns to hear what he had to say; he spoke to William Hague MP, Managing Director David Shore, and local MP Nicholas Soames.

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