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19 June 2012
A bullet-proof Arms Treaty On Saturday I had the pleasure of attending the annual Amnesty Booksale at the Church of the Ascension in Blackheath. Not only were they raising money for Amnesty but they were also campaigning on the need for a robust, international treaty on illegal arms trading.

I fully support Amnesty’s campaign and have written to Government Ministers, asking them to ensure that at the UN meeting in July, a tough, legally-binding international treaty is agreed. Whilst the UK has some of the strictest export regulations in the world, these can be undermined by the lack of a global agreement.

The previous UK Government led international efforts to introduce a strong Arms Trade Treaty and, while there has been significant progress toward this over the last few years, the upcoming UN conference is a vital opportunity to secure a lasting global agreement.

Well done to Blackheath and Greenwich Amnesty on a fantastic event and their equally fantastic campaigning! 

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