Residents continue to contact me about the situation in the Middle East. We are fortunate in Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner to have a diverse community with many of my residents having links to the region. I have already had the opportunity to raise this issue with Ministers in parliament, and I am glad that I had another opportunity to press Ministers.
At this morning’s session of questions to the Foreign Secretary, I asked the Minister about the wider implications of this conflict and the promoters of global terror. The terror attacks in Israel earlier this month were undertaken by the proscribed group Hamas, but the malign influence of Iran is very clear.
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) continues to play a destabilising role in the region, providing political, financial, and military support to a number of militant and proscribed groups. We know that the IRGC continues to be active in the region and is not proscribed as a terrorist organisation here in the UK. I therefore asked the Foreign Secretary to work with our international allies to proscribe the activities of the IRGC.
The Foreign Secretary outlined that this is largely a matter for the Home Secretary but also assured me that all Ministers are working to keep communities here in the UK safe.