Hertford & Stortford Labour Party call on local MP to demand a halt to the export of riot-gear to America.
Written by Gaby Wilde on 8 June 2020
According to their most recent report, the Department for International Trade last year licensed the export of a variety of riot control equipment to the United States, including anti-riot guns, tear gas, and riot shields.
More than 160 MPs, from every major party in the House of Commons have written to Secretary of State for International Trade, Elizabeth Truss, pleading to change this.
In their letter to local MP, Julie Marsdon, Hertford & Stortford Labour Party said, “We call on you, as the MP for Hertford & Stortford, to join this group of MPs and write to Elizabeth Truss MP in support of these demands as a matter of urgency.”
Hertford & Stortford Labour’s BAME Officer, Elif Toker-Turnalar, said, “if any other world leader were behaving in this way, the least we could expect from the British government was a halt to the export of the riot control equipment they were using to suppress peaceful demonstrations. It’s vital that the government stands in solidarity with black communities here and in America, and that Julie Marson shows solidarity with her constituents.”
Hertford & Stortford Labour Party finished their letter by saying, “The shockwaves of George Floyd’s death extend far beyond the borders of the United States of America. There will be many people in our own community feeling hurt, anger and fear as these events continue to unfold.
“As the elected MP for Hertford & Stortford it’s vital you show solidarity with those in our local area feeling very strong emotions at this time. Local people want to be sure that you support freedom and equality, and that you give your full backing to the peaceful demonstrations occurring here and in the United States.”