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From Lands Ends to John O' Groats - MPs unite for a bullet proof Arms Trade Treaty

Uniting for an Arms Trade Treaty - because of your emails and letters MPs around the UK are writing to David Cameron urging him to publically support for a robust arms trade treaty that protects human rights and saves lives.

In May we sent a call out for people to get involved in what could be one of the greatest human rights breakthroughs in history.

We asked you to help secure a robust and effective arms trade treaty that keeps weapons out of the hands of dictators, warlords and child soldiers.

Amazing response - but we're not there yet

Since then nearly 5000 of you have written to or met your MP calling on them to be an Arms Trade Treaty champion by urging David Cameron to make a strong public statement that the UK will not compromise on human rights during treaty negotiations in July.

Because of you an incredible 636 MPs out of a possible 650 were reached. And guess what? On the eve of negotiations David Cameron made a statement he said: '[We] want to see a Treaty that contains strong provisions on human rights, international humanitarian law and sustainable development'. Read David Cameron's full statement

This is great news but lots of governments are not so supportive and we need to stay alert, ready to act throughout the negotiations. To help keep up the pressure like the Control Arms facebook page today

MPs across the UK respond

Alongside the emails, our local, youth and student groups have been on the ground meeting with MPs, giving our campaign the personal touch.

MPs across the UK are pledging their support for a bullet proof Arms Trade Treaty.

Angus Mike Weir MP visited the Brechin High School group for a talk on the Arms Trade Treaty. Read his blog about the meeting

Belfast South Alisdair McDonnell MP, leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party, replied to a letter from the Queen's University Belfast group expressing his support for a robust Treaty. He has also written a letter to David Cameron.

Bradford David Ward MP met with our Bradford University group met and signed a pledge agreeing to write to David Cameron

Brighton Pavillion Leader of the Green Party, Caroline Lucas MP (pictured above), met with the Brighton group and pledged her committment to a bullet proof Arms Trade Treaty.

Cambridge Julian Huppert MP joined the Cambridge City group in Market Square to pledge his support and campaign for a bulletproof Arms Trade Treaty. Read more about the event

Croydon South Richard Ottaway MP met with Amnesty's Croyden group and showed his support by writing to William Hague.

Elmet & Rothwell MP Alec Shelbrooke (pictured above) had a very positive meeting with the Leeds University group and is writing to David Cameron.

Exeter Ben Bradshaw MP met with Exeter University group and signed the Parliamentary Declaration expressing his support

Glasgow Central Anas Sarwar MP showed his support when he met with our Glagow West and Strathclyde University groups. He agreed to write to David Cameron.

Glasgow North Anne McKechin MP (pictured above) met with members from the Glasgow and Glasgow University groups. She pledged her support for a bulletproof Arms Trade Treaty, agreeing to write to both David Cameron and William Hague.

Hayes and Harlington John McDonnell MP (pictured above) met with Hillingdon group members and voiced his unequivocal support for a strong Arms Trade Treaty.

Kendal Tim Farron MP (pictured above) met with members of the local Amnesty group and signed our petition to David Cameron. Read more about the meeting

Kingston and Surbiton Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, showed his support for our campaign by signing an action card at an event held by the Kingston group

Leeds North West Greg Mullholland MP wrote 13 questions on Britain's role in the arms trade to the Foreign Office following correspondence with the Leeds University group (they've been busy!).

Manchester Tony Lloyd MP and his colleague Lucy Powell gave statements in support of a bulletproof Arms Trade Treaty at an event organised by the Manchester group at the Manchester museum. Find out more about what's been going on in Manchester

Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner Nick Hurd MP has written to David Cameron, showing his support for the campaign.

Sheffield Hallam Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (pictured above) met with members of the Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University groups, and the Sheffield local group to reinforce his support for a bullet proof arms trade treaty. Read Nick Clegg's statement

Stratford-on-Avon Nadhim Zahawi MP (pictured above) met with the Stratford Amnesty group and will write to David Cameron. Read the group's blog

Sutton Coldfield Andrew Mitchell MP, Secretary of State for International Development, met with the Birmingham Central local group and asserted his support for a robust Arms Trade Treaty.

Swansea West Geraint Davies MP responded to a letter from the Swansea group, pledging to press the government to support a robust Arms Trade Treaty that saves lives. Find out more from the Swansea group

Uxbridge and South Ruislip John Randall MP has expressed his support by writing to David Cameron

Watford Richard Harrington MP met with the Watford group and showed his support for a robust Arms Trade Treaty by signing our petition to David Cameron.

York Outer Julian Sturdy MP keenly expressed his endorsement of the campaign when he wrote to a constituent saying: ‘I fully support these efforts’

York Central Hugh Bayley MP (pictured above) met with the York University Group and signed a pledge to support a robust Arms Trade Treaty

Have you heard from your MP? Add a comment here or email to fill us in.

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Colchester: Sir Bob Russell MP for the Garrison Town of Colchester has written to the Prime Minister on behalf of his constituencies, and has promised to contact us again when he receives a response.

4jave3 11 years ago