Thank you for contacting me about Hamas.
As you may know, Hamas' military wing has been proscribed as a terrorist organisation by the UK since 2001 and is listed in Schedule 2 of the Terrorism Act 2000. The UK maintains a no contact policy with the group in its entirety, and I share the Government's position that Hamas’ ideology is unacceptable and I strongly condemn all acts of terrorism.
I appreciate the concerns that you have about the political wing of Hamas too. I understand the political wing of Hamas is not currently proscribed as it is considered that there is a clear distinction between Hamas’s military and political wings.
In distinguishing between the political and military wings for the purposes of proscription, the Government's aim is to proscribe only those parts of Hamas which are directly connected to terrorist activities. I will, however, ensure that Ministers are made aware of the points that you make about this sensitive issue.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.
Sally-Ann Hart MP