Chagos Islands

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 5:20 pm on 28th October 2015.

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Photo of Tania Mathias Tania Mathias Conservative, Twickenham 5:20 pm, 28th October 2015

I, too, commend Dr Monaghan for bringing this very important matter to our attention. I also commend my hon. Friend Henry Smith for his contribution. I just want to add that I consider it a gross injustice to remove 1,500 people against their will. It is a gross injustice then to have an airbase, with a very questionable history in this century, on their land. It is a gross injustice to create a marine protected area without consulting the people who should be there, in their homeland.

I did not know about this matter when I was younger; I wish I had known. I owe thanks to my constituent, George Beckmann, who brought it to my attention. I am honouring a promise that I gave him as a candidate that I would stand up for the Chagos islanders. You deserve your home; you deserve reparation and an apology; and I am very privileged to be in the same room as you today.