Jo Cox for Batley & Spen writes to PM to act on Gaza

Labour's prospective parliamentary candidate for Batley and Spen has written to the prime minister asking him to do more to help address the spiral of violence in Israel and Palestine. 

Jo Cox says thousands of families in Batley and Spen are "heart broken and frustrated" by the escalation of violence over the last few weeks.

Mrs Cox, who has visited the West Bank and Gaza, said: "Like many I am deeply concerned about the large loss of life in Gaza, now into triple digits and rising by the day. 

"The UK can and should be doing much more to increase diplomatic pressure on both sides to bring about an immediate ceasefire, alleviate the humanitarian crisis and restart the peace process. 

"Those voices in Israel and Palestine bravely calling for a negotiated solution must be supported heard and heeded and I hope the prime minister and his new Foreign Secretary will do this in the best interests of all the innocent civilians caught up in this conflict."