I have received many emails about the vote in the Commons last week to withdraw support from Saudi Arabia’s treatment of Yemen.
I was granted an authorised absence by the whips and paired with a member from another party as is usual under the circumstances. This can be for illness, attending funerals, family emergencies transport delays preventing one from arriving in time to vote or parliamentary business away from the estate. Pairing means that I am paired with a Conservative MP who is also unable to attend the debate/vote so in essence cancel each other out.
I would like to assure my constituents that I have always supported the Yemen community and did indeed ask a question in the house regarding the behaviour of Saudi Arabia just a couple of weeks ago.