UK Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy Supports End to LRA Violence

It just so happens that my constituency MP is Jim Murphy, the Shadow Secretary of State for Defence.

A friend of mine (a fellow Invisible Children supporter) decided to go and see him about Eric Joyce MP’s Early Day Motion (EDM) calling for the UK to do more to stop Joseph Kony and the LRA.

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It proved to be a mixed result.

Mr Murphy was already aware of the havoc being caused by the LRA and sympathised with those who are suffering at their hands.

However, he explained that due to “longstanding parliamentary protocol”, members of the Cabinet and Shadow Cabinet do not sign EDMs.

He did say though that he would try to raise awareness among his fellow Labour MPs and followers on Twitter.

He has yet to tweet about it…

Mr Murphy has taken other action.

In a letter to me, he says:

“I have written directly to the government on your behalf regarding the actions of the LRA and to ask that pressure is applied on the Ugandan government to bring Joseph Kony and the LRA leadership to justice.”

This support is welcome, but crucially he failed to mention anything about the UK supplying any assistance to the governments of Central East Africa to track down and apprehend the LRA leadership, resources that are desperately needed.

On the other hand, Mr Murphy does mention that he would be in touch again when he receives a reply from the Government.

I, along with hundreds of thousands of suffering Africans, wait to see what they will say.

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Posted on June 1, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hi Adam,
    My name is Lisa Dougan and I serve as the Director of Field Outreach for Resolve. I came across your blog today for the first time and just wanted to thank you for your efforts and your clear commitment to seeing and end to LRA violence.

    I’d love to stay in touch!
    Lisa
    Lisa@theresolve.org

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