MP, East Devon
Hugo Swire never rebelled against their party in this parliament
I congratulate the hon. Member for Wansbeck (Ian Lavery) on securing the debate and I commend the strong support he has given to his constituent, Mr Nick Dunn, and the rest of the British crew of the Seaman Guard Ohio. Three of the men are now represented by three new hon. Members, who I think are all in their places in this Chamber. The hon. Gentleman has rightly raised with the Foreign and...
If the hon. Gentleman will allow me to develop my speech, I will remind people that the matter has been appealed, and the case starts tomorrow in the Supreme Court. That is the Indian judicial process, within the boundaries and confines of which we have to operate. Consular staff are not investigative officers or legal advisers, nor can they—or any of us—take a view on the guilt...
I will come to that. At no stage have we asked anyone to beg for anything. On 12 October 2013, the ship was detained by the Indian coastal guard security off the Tuticorin port in Tamil Nadu. Consular staff in Chennai were alerted on 14 October to reports of a vessel being held, and the Indian legal process began four days later on 18 October. Permission to visit the men was sent on the...
Conservative MP for East Devon
Entered the House of Commons on 7 June 2001 — General election
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