The people of Kashmir should be allowed a referendum on how they are governed just as the UK voted on its membership of the European Union, an MP has said.

Tensions between India and Pakistan continue to escalate over who governs Kashmir.

Shipley MP Philip Davies said the people of Kashmir must have a say.

Speaking in a Commons debate, calling for the Government to raise the matter with the United Nations, Mr Davies said: “Surely it is not a question of supporting the Indian Government or the Pakistani Government it is about supporting the people of Kashmir. I campaigned for many years for a referendum to decide whether or not our country should be governed by the European Union and part of that. Surely the people of Kashmir should be afforded the same liberty of deciding how they want to be governed for their future too.”

Bury North MP David Nuttall who led the debate wants Government to encourage Pakistan and India to start peace negotiations to find a long-term solution to the future taking into account the wishes of the Kashmiri people.