I am deeply shocked -- although given their track record not surprised -- by the brutality of the assault by Israeli troops on the Free Gaza flotilla, which has left many people dead and wounded.
I completely condemn this deadly attack on a peaceful aid convoy.
This attack is a serious infringement of the principles of international law.
I am joining Green Party leader Caroline Lucas in calling on the UK Government, and the EU, to apply pressure to lift the ongoing blockade of Gaza, which makes essential humanitarian aid for the population of Gaza virtually impossible to deliver.
We also call for the quick establishment of an international inquiry to shed light on the circumstances of this attack.