A message from Ian Lavery MP, following his visit to Downing Street today, to hand in a petition to the Government alongside the families of the Chennai Six:
'Incredibly honoured to Chair the Parliamentary Lobby today for the Chennai Six in Westminster. We have handed the families' petition into Downing Street and it was excellent to see a mix of MP's turn up to pledge their support at the Lobby.We'll continue to fight until they're free. It is truly shocking that these men continue to languish in shocking conditions in a prison in India. As soon as I was informed of the developments surrounding the Judge on Friday, I contacted Boris Johnson and Mark Field’s Office to ask for immediate contact. The minister Mark Field responded to me fairly quickly giving me an update on the situation. I have expressed my anger over this issue and am hoping the Lobby and Petition in London this Thursday will keep up the pressure on the Government and ensure the media attention remains focused on these men and the hell their families have been through’.
Lisa Dunn, sister of Nick, who has led a lot of the campaigning around the Chennai Six praised the work done by Mr. Lavery and thanked the local community for their support;
‘Ian has been a great support, standing up for Nick and the family in the darkest times. It’s so important we keep up the pressure. I would like to thank Ian’s office for the work they have done to help all our families and thank everyone in the local community who have sent messages of support and kindness during an incredibly difficult time. We are determined to get our family back together.’
Ian will continue campaigning alongside the families and supporters of these men, to get real justice for the Chennai Six.
To find out more about the campaign for the Chennai Six, please visit: http://www.chennai6.co.uk/