AN MP and councillors from across the spectrum fear weapons made in Brighton have been linked to a suspected war crime.

Kemptown MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle blasted Moulsecoomb-based firm EDO-MBM Technology.

A report by The Argus in July revealed that parts of a bomb had been found in the rubble of a destroyed factory in war-torn Yemen.

Last week, the Labour MP signed a letter alongside councillors from Labour, the Greens and the Conservative Party calling for an investigation into EDO-MBM.

They say if the reports, which have been investigated in an official UN report, are true, then the arms company should have its licence revoked.

Mr Russell-Moyle, 33, said: “I’m extremely concerned. The UN has described this as a potential war crime that is being perpetrated by Britain and the United States.

“Brighton has a history of being a city of peace. I think it’s shameful that when we are illegally bombing people in Yemen, the name tag on the ground has the address of a factory in Brighton and Hove.

“It is a stain on our city.”

After a 2016 attack on a water pump factory in Yemen, United Nations inspectors found bomb parts registered to the Brighton address of arms manufacturer EDO-MBM Technology.

The UN found the attack “violated international humanitarian law”.

The letter was signed by Tory councillors Steve Bell and Joe Miller.

Cllr Bell said: “We had a discussion within the council.

“We were told that there was sufficient evidence to give rise to concerns.

“We want answers. There have been concerns from residents, and I have heard them. I would be failing in my duty if I didn’t listen to them and ask the right questions.”

The letter from city council leader Cllr Nancy Platts was addressed to Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace MP.

Yet it is understood that the Department for International Trade is responsible for issuing licences to EDO-MBM.

Mr Russell-Moyle, who was elected as an MP in 2017, said weapons sales face greater scrutiny in the United States and said Britain does not have “robust” measures to check weapons sales to Saudi Arabia.

He said: “It is a disgrace. A factory should not be used to make weapons where it is used to elicit war crimes.

“The people of Yemen are some of the poorest in the world, and they think we are at war with them.

“Bombs and weapons are made in Britain, the planes are British, and the Saudi pilots are trained by Britain.

“It is our war, but it is not a war we ever got a say in.

“We should hang our heads in shame as Brightonians and as British people.”

EDO-MBM and the Department for International Trade were contacted for comment.