We believe it is really important to get a sense of the views of those intending to stand for election in our local constiuencies. Therefore, we encourage everybody to write to candidates standing in the 2019 General Election on 12 December in their local area and ask them about issues concerning the Middle East and about issues such as hate crime and racism, which impact all of us.
You can find out who will be standing in your Parliamentary constituency and email addresses to contact them here, on Democracy Club's Who Can I Vote For website by entering your postcode. More information about elections in your area and individual constiuencies can also be found on Democratic Dashboard. Many candidates' emails will be listed, and please bear in mind, that this is in a process of being updated in the lead up to the General Election.
Please do pass on any correspondence you receive to Caabu by emailing Joseph Willits at [email protected]. Please do get in contact if you require any further assistance with getting in touch with your canidates or the questions to ask them. Correspondence we have received can be found here.
Listed below are several questions which we recommend you could ask individual candidates, however if you have any other suggestions of questions, or have decided to ask other questions of candidates, then please do let us know too.
Suggested questions for General Election candidates:
1) Do you agree that the UK should recognise Palestine? What would be your reasons for and against recognition?
2) Should the UK call for an end to all illegal Israeli settlement construction on Palestinian land, and stop trade with Israeli settlements? Do you consider settlements as an obstacle to peace, and what can the UK Government do about them?
3) Do you think that the UK's response to the refugee crisis has been satisfactory? What more should the UK be doing, in particular in countries where most refugees are being hosted?
4) Should guarantees on human rights be a condition of new free trade agreements after the UK leaves the EU?
5) Will Brexit change Britain's foreign policy priorities in the Middle East? If so, how? What role can the UK play in the Middle East?
6) Do you think the UK could/should be doing more to uphold the rule of international law in the Middle East?
7) Do you believe that Britain should take back children of British ISIS fighters from Iraq and Syria?
8) Do you think that the government should suspend arms exports to Saudi Arabia over its involvement in the bombing campaign of Yemen?
9) What would you propose to address increasing levels of hate crime in Britain, including attacks on the Muslim community, Jewish community, and on refugees and migrants?