September 24, 2004
An overwhelming majority of British MPs of all parties, including Prime Minister, Tony Blair, have made written statements declaring that they would not support any military action against Cuba by the United States. They illustrate the gulf between US foreign policy and the views of members of the British House of Commons.
A report issued today, reveals that 79% of MPs, who responded to letters from their constituents on the question of aggressive US policy towards Cuba, stated that not only would they not support US military action, but that they also thought the Bush administration should change its policies towards the island.
The vast majority of the 402 MPs who replied in writing also believed that US foreign policy had caused hardship for 11 million Cubans and damaged the country’s economy.
The survey was conducted in response to the increasingly hostile stance of the Bush administration towards the island. In the run up to November’s presidential elections, Bush and senior members of his administration have been courting the anti-Castro Cuban-American voters in the key election state of Florida.”
Peter Hain, Leader of the Commons, in a letter to one constituent stated: “I am absolutely opposed to military action being taken against Cuba and also opposed to the continuing blockade of Cuba by the United States. I visited Cuba two years ago and was very impressed with the social advances that have been made despite all the pressure from the US.”
Cuba Solidarity Campaign Director Rob Miller said today: “The responses that we have from a majority of British MPs send a clear message to President Bush that military aggression towards Cuba is one US foreign policy issue that Britain would not support.
“With the backing of these responses we are asking Tony Blair to send the Bush administration a clear message that Britain does not support its policy on Cuba, and to work to foster better relations between Cuba and Britain at this dangerous time.”