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UK House of Commons Debate and Resolution on Recognizing Palestine (2014)

A debate held at the House of Commons, the lower house of the British Parliament, on 13 October 2014, concluding with the following resolution being adopted by a vote of 274 to 12: "Resolved, [t]hat this House believes that the Government should recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel, as a contribution to securing a negotiated two state solution." The latter part was an amendment introduced by Jack Straw MP, the former British Foreign Secretary. The resolution was one of five non-binding resolutions supporting recognition of Palestine adopted by parliaments of European states in late 2014, followed in December by a similar resolution adopted by the European Parliament, alongside official Swedish recognition of Palestinian statehood.