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St. Vincent and the Grenadines Volcano Eruption: La Soufrière

A volcanic eruption has blanketed the Caribbean islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in ash and smoke and forced thousands of people out of their homes. The BBC has documented the events in an article here. I know this is a terribly worrying time for people in Wycombe with family, friends and property on the island. That is why I I continue to be on hand to support St. Vincent and the Grenadines during this time: On 10th April, I asked ministers […]

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The Government’s response to forced labour in Xinjiang

As early as 30 October 2018, I asked the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, “what assessment have the Government made of extremely alarming reports of internment camps for Uyghur Muslims in China?”. This afternoon, the Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, detailed the Government’s response to forced labour in Xinjiang.  The evidence of the scale and severity of the human rights violations being perpetrated in Xinjiang against the Uighur Muslims is extensive and harrowing. The Foreign Secretary confirmed these violations include: The extrajudicial detention of over 1 million Uighurs and other minorities […]

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Government Engagement on Sri Lanka

Although known for its tremendous natural beauty, Sri Lanka has long borne a burden of violence. Following a civil war that lasted nearly three decades, sectarian divides have continued to grow to the point where 2018 saw officials declare a state of emergency in the central district of Kandy. I have taken up my concerns with the Government; last week, I asked the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to promote peace […]

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