Stars join calls for ban on UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Accusation of double standards as British-made bombs fall on Yemen

Bill Nighy, Ian McEwan and Coldplay are among stars calling on Britainto suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia which they say are responsible for “unspeakable suffering” in Yemen.

At the start of the Conservative party conference, when the government is expected to push the case for free trade, the musicians, actors and authors have signed an open letter, co-ordinated by Oxfam, in which they claim that the government’s “double standards” on Yemen have helped fuel the world’s “worst humanitarian crisis”.

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