In a letter sent to the new UN special envoy to Yemen, LFY chair stresses the importance of working proactively to end the war in Yemen and to alleviate the humanitarian crisis.

LFY during Labour's Annual Conference 2021

مشاركة مجموعة أصدقاء اليمن في حزب العمال في المؤتمر السنوي للحزب 2021 

28 September 2021: Members of the executive team have been meeting with several Labour leaders and representatives of other pressure groups during the Labour Annual Conference. During these meetings reinforcing Labour’s commitments to help Yemen and resolve the devastating conflict has been discussed. 

Among those the team had met were Angela Rayner MP (Deputy Leader of the Labour Party), Lisa Nandy MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) and Vaughan Gething MP (Welsh Labour Minister for the Economy). LFY has expressed again its concerns about the declining involvement of the Party in this issue, specially the humanitarian situation caused by 7 years of the ongoing civil war and regional interferences.

It has been agreed that Labour should play an active role to put pressure on the UK government, as well as the international and regional players, to encourage peaceful dialogue between all parties and to hold those committed serious violations of the international humanitarian law accountable.

It was also agreed that Labour should listen more to the Yemeni voices inside the party as well as in the Yemeni community in the UK in order to better understand the situation and move forward to help stopping the war and brining a lasting and sustainable peace to all Yemenis.

Video: Lisa Nandy answering LFY question on Labour's policy on Yemen during the annual conference 2021.  

وزيرة خارجية حكومة الظل ليزا ناندي تجيب على سؤال عن سياسة حزب العمال تجاه اليمن خلال المؤتمر السنوي للحزب سبتمبر 2021

13 October 2020: Chair of LFY, Gill Furniss MP,  during the Foreign Office questions, pressing the UK Government on civilians’ casualty due to Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in Yemen.

23 September 2020: Kim Johnson MP speech against the threatened deportations of Yemeni asylum seekers back to a country experiencing the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.

New Chair for LFY

Labour Friends of Yemen are excited to announce that Gill Furniss MP will be our new Chair. She will be replacing the much esteemed Stephen Twigg, who has been a guiding light since our inception back in February 2019.

Gill Furniss is the Labour MP for Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough, representing the community since 2016. She is also Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities (April 2020).

Gill has already been an active, honorary member of our Advisory Board, and worked with our team to help support and engage the Yemeni community. She has served and networked tirelessly to strengthen our community’s social partnerships and political participation. We very much appreciate her commitment and are looking forward to working with her to further develop British-Yemeni engagement and improve the lives of millions of Yemenis, making a real difference to their future, especially during this critically devastating Covid-19 crisis.

We will continue to work together for peace, justice and prosperity in Yemen, and support it’s people as they face another major humanitarian crisis.

Our Launch Event at the House of Commons, Wednesday 13th of February 2019

In the presence of a large and unprecedented gathering held yesterday in the House of Commons, Graham Jones MP and Steven Twigg MP co-hosted the Launch Event for Labour Friends of Yemen.

The Event was exceptionally well attended, with Keith Vaz MP, a number of members from the Labour shadow government, Labour Party MPs, members of local councils, His Excellency the Yemeni Ambassador to the UK, community leaders and activists from across the United Kingdom. A remarkable and promising beginning for our team!

Labour Friends of Yemen is a forum within the Labour Party for constructive discussions and responsible debates on matters related to Yemen, with the aims to promote and advocate a clear vision for supporting the country to reach peace and help its people to rebuild a modern state based on principles of democracy, human rights and equal citizenship.