Qureshi on the Inquiries Bill

In the Irish World this week Brent East Labour candidate Yasmin Qureshi answers questions on how she would represent the Irish community in the constituency, which is the largest in Britain.

Perhaps most interesting point is her stance on the Inquiries Bill, which is expected to pass in the next few days:

“The problem with the Inquiries Bill as it currently stands was set out clearly by the Canadian Judge Peter Cory who was appointed by the British and Irish governments to investigate collusion between security forces and paramilitaries and determine which Northern Ireland cases should be awarded public inquiries,” she says. “Judge Cory has urged fellow Canadian judges to boycott any proposed inquiries under this act.”

“The Act is likely to undermine public confidence in public inquiries which should provide a transparent process for getting at the truth particularly in regard to cases like the murder of Pat Finucane where there is abundant evidence of collusion in his killing by British security forces.”

Labour lost Brent East to the Lib Dems in a by-election in 2003. For more background on the battle for the Irish vote there, see my by-election page at TomGriffin.Info.



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