Speaking at Westminster

Working as your MP - Fabian contributes to Westminster debates

Fabian spoke on three occasions at Westminster this week (ending 27th February 2015).

Gaza

On Wednesday 25th February, Fabian attended the Westminster Hall debate on Gaza and the conflict between Israel and Palestinians. In an extensive and lively debate there were many contributors but procedures only gave Fabian one minute of time to make his point concerning the injustice meted out by Hamas in Gaza and the extent to which that organisation ignored responsibility for the well being of Gaza citizens in order to continue a war with Israel.

 

Fabian making his speech in the Westminster Hall Committee room used for debates

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Jimmy Saville scandal

On Thursday 26th February 2015, Health Minister Jeremy Hunt MP made a statement to the house reporting the hitherto unreported and shocking extent of the number of cases of sexual abuse committed by Jimmy Saville particularly during the time he was allowed to volunteer as a porter at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

Fabian was concerned to ensure that those who had been abused and spoken up would not be ignored a second time simply because there were some inconsistencies in their stories; natural enough after the trauma and the passage of time.

 

Fabian makes his point in the House of Commons debate

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Equitable Life injustice

Later the same afternoon, there was a Backbench Business debate where Bob Blackman MP (Harrow East) and Fabian, (joint co-chairs of the All Party Group pressing for justice for Equitable Life Policyholders), had secured the opportunity to put further pressure on the government to fully compensate Equitable Life policy holders who lost their retirement savings. They were let down by the failure of the government regulator to ensure that the company was financially sound. An extensive debate ensued with speakers on all sides calling for the injustice to be tackled.

 


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