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Falklands' stand visited by Foreign Secretary Hammond and MP Rosindell

Tuesday, October 6th 2015 - 09:14 UTC
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The Foreign Secretary signing the visitors' book at the Falklands stand next to FIGO representative Sukey Cameron and MLAs Jan Cheek and Roger Edwards The Foreign Secretary signing the visitors' book at the Falklands stand next to FIGO representative Sukey Cameron and MLAs Jan Cheek and Roger Edwards
Andrew Rosindell MP a strong supporter of the Falklands also visited the stand, here with MLA Jan Cheek and FIGO's Sukey Cameron Andrew Rosindell MP a strong supporter of the Falklands also visited the stand, here with MLA Jan Cheek and FIGO's Sukey Cameron

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, MP Andrew Rosindel and Charles Tannock MEP, were among several personalities that visited the Falkland Islands stand at the Conservative Conference which is taking place in Manchester. He was met by Falklands lawmakers Jan Cheek and Roger Edwards, and Sukey Cameron, head of FIGO, Falklands' government office in London.

 As in a keynote speech to the conference, during the meeting Mr. Hammond reiterated full support for the Falklands' right to self determination and the Conservative party commitment to Falkland Islanders developing their economy and resources.

In effect on Sunday Hammond delivered a robust message to Argentina regarding the Falkland Islands, which he said are exposed to a “shameful bullying and harassment” by the government of president Cristina Fernandez.

“While I'm speaking Spanish, let me clarify something for president Cristina Fernandez Kirchner of Argentina - whatever the (new) Labour leader says, this Conservative government will never sell out the Falkland Islanders”, said Hammond who recalled how the Falkland Islanders voted unanimously (99.8% on a turnout of more than 90%) to remain British in a recent referendum.

”The bullying and harassment to which the Islanders continue to be subjected is shameful - it's counter-productive, it's wrong and it must stop. The Falkland Islanders have every right to develop their economy”.

Falklands delegates also participated on a Friends of British Overseas Territories panel event with Andrew Rosindell MP, chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the BOTs.

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  • Student of History

    I am currently visiting in the North of England and while visited what was the old labour social club in Sedgfield Tony Blairs old seat , I had a very enlightening discussion with Some of the regulars. a group of about 18 complaining that they are going to to have to Vote Tory now that lunatic has been weaselled in to their party and they felt that labour is no longer the party they have supported some for over 70 years came as a real surprise as this is real labour heart land and in the past any labour canadate would be sure of their seat. listening to this group all previous sure things are very much up for grabs. The new old labour is a populist party with old failed ideas by and large which has been hijacked by the left was the general opinion.
    I mentioned the Falklands and one man said the day Corbon was voted in was the day he finished with the party he left some pals in those cold Islands and he would be damned if he would allow that to stand for nothing which received a very uncaratistic cheer and was very moving even for a non British person.
    As an outsider I am confident the Falklands are very Salford for many generations to come.
    Their is still a real pride in what those lads did in 82 and that honesty of a man laying his life on the line for his country For the good of the few as well as the many is a true testament to a people who believe even if it's inconvenient, even if some say it's hopeless they will still go into battle because it's the right thing to do this is how you make right the mistakes of the past by doing the right thing now and the right thing is a Free Choice for all BOTs no mater the cost.....
    Appeasement is only surrender by another name

    Oct 06th, 2015 - 04:06 pm 0
  • Gibbed

    Despite being for a lot of policies that Corbyn is placing on the table, this is simply one thing I could never forgive him for. But the Tories have done more harm than good and we've all witnessed it happen. However, I truly believe Corbyn will eventually turn around and understand what it is he is fighting against. Wishful thinking, perhaps but a Prime Minister is very different to the Leader of the Opposition and the Leader of the Opposition is very different to a simple MP.
    As he hasn't actually said a jot about the Falklands since being elected, I'll await to see what he says on the matter before judging. Then I'll give him hell.

    Oct 06th, 2015 - 04:52 pm 0
  • Britworker

    Vote UKIP

    UK out of the EU :-)

    Oct 06th, 2015 - 06:17 pm 0
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