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View from the House: I support PM over Russian poisoning

PUBLISHED: 08:00 25 March 2018

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I have signed Early Day Motion 1071 about the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal.

It “unequivocally accepts the Russian state’s culpability for the poisoning of Yulia and Sergei Skripal in Salisbury using the illegal novichok nerve agent; fully supports the statement made by the prime minister on March 14, 2018 in response to Russia’s illegal attack on the UK; further supports the government’s sanctions against Russia resulting from this incident thus far, including the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats; supports the decision not to send government ministers or members of the royal family to Russia until further notice; supports the government’s call for a special meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss Russia’s use of chemical weapons on UK soil; and resolves to consider support for further proportionate actions to deter future acts of aggression by the Russian state.”

I told parliament “the last time we had a clear, defined, state-sponsored act of terrorism was in 2006” when Alexander Litvinenko was murdered by polonium poisoning.

“I predicted ‘the Russians will retaliate and we will then be in a tit-for-tat process.

“They think we will back down. We have to say, resolutely and strongly, that we are not backing down...all members of parliament should stand together’.

“The prime minister’s words were appropriate, measured and correct, and she has my full support. She mentioned dirty money from Russia.

“Can she look again at the role of tax havens internationally, including those in British overseas territories and Crown dependencies?”


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