A strong assurance has been given that a strong body of Members of Parliament are ready to spring into action to kill any attempt to weaken British sovereignty over the Falkland Islands.
The assurance was given by an MP active in the All-Party Parliamentary Falkland Islands Group, Mr Andrew Rosindell, who told the annual meeting of the Falkland Islands Association: "Be assured that should there be any suggestion of any threat to the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands as there has been over Gibraltar there are large numbers of MPs in all parties who will stand firmly to support the Falkland Islands just as we have been doing over Gibraltar".
He went on to thank Miss Sukey Cameron and the Falklands London Government Office for providing so much information and support to MPs to ensure that the importance of the Falkland Islands and their messages from within Parliament are disseminated. "You have many friends in the House of Commons and the House of Lords and I am very proud to be one of those MPs", he said. "I will report the success of the Association's annual general meeting to the Falklands Parliamentary Group".
The Association's chairman, Sir Rex Hunt said membership now includes 28 MPs, one Member of the European Parliament, and one Peer, who have accepted an invitation to be become Honorary Members, a decision recently taken by the Executive Committee. "With Miss Sukey Cameron's help", Sir Rex said, "we shall continue to invite all MPs who visit the Falkland Islands as guests of the Falkland Islands Government to become Honorary Members of the Association. ?We are constantly increasing our support in Parliament".
Sir Rex announced a new drive to increase the Association's general membership, now standing at 968. He urged present members to recruit at least one member each and said cruise ship passengers visiting the Islands would be targeted to build up a substantial base of over a thousand members. Thanks to good publicity had this year, this should not be too difficult.
Harold Briley, (MP) London