A Bradford MP is calling for the Ukrainian famine of 1933 to be officially recognised as an act of genocide.

Marsha Singh, the Labour MP for Bradford West, has tabled an early day motion in the House of Commons and is hoping to get the backing of fellow MPs.

There is no international consensus among scholars or politicians on whether the Soviet policies that caused the famine fall under the legal definition of genocide.

Mr Singh said: "The Holodomor was an appalling act of inhumanity and immense tragedy which lead to the death by starvation of seven million Ukrainians.

"I have asked for the Government to officially recognise it as an act of genocide.

"In Bradford, we have got very close links with the Ukraine because we have had a long association with that country since the Second World War."

Mr Singh said he had been alerted to the campaign by members of the Bradford branch of the Association of Ukrainians, who are involved in a number of events to mark the 75 years that have passed since the tragedy.

"The more people we can get to sing the motion, the more chance of success we have got," said Mr Singh.