Commenting on the announcement that the UK Government would abstain on the Palestinian bid for statehood, Simon Danczuk MP, chair of Labour Friends of Palestine, said:
Today’s announcement makes the UK look guilty of double standards when we have a Prime Minister praising the Arab Spring, saying ‘we are on your side’ and supporting the right to self-determination in the Middle East then denying the same right to Palestinians.
Even Tory grandees like Nicholas Soames are warning this absurd position will mean that Britain will have to face severe consequences in the Middle East.
David Cameron cannot travel round the world saying he is a friend of democracy while leaving Palestinians in their refugee camps and blocking their statehood bid. This is the worst kind of hypocrisy.”