If ever there was a time to recall parliament it is now, says North Thanet's MP, Roger Gale, who says:
"This is not a knee-jerk reaction to the appalling deaths of women and children in Lebanon but a mounting concern over the most dangerous situation that has faced the world for a considerable time.
If there are to be UN resolutions and if an international force, which will almost certainly include British troops , is to be committed - as it surely must be then the parliament of the UK should discuss those issues. The Prime Minister should cut short his PR exercise in the United States and return, with the rest of the House, to London immediately"
Commenting on the growing crisis the MP added:
"Nobody in their right political minds holds any brief for terrorism but the Israeli reaction can only be regarded as, to say the least, disproportionate. We have witnessed the murder of UN representatives in the Lebanon, the suppression, in Israel itself, of the truth and the substitution of propaganda for objective reporting and we have seen the supply of arms, by the United States and through the United Kingdom, that have almost certainly been used to kill innocent civilians.
The fact that a 48-hour ceasefire has been unilaterally announced and that the American Secretary of State is now calling for UN resolutions and "urgent action" should not delay the response of the United Kingdom any longer: we have a voice in the world forum and that voice needs to be heard in the interests of decency and humanity now."