MP hosts discussion on victims of crime abroad

January 28, 2014 5:44 PM

Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake held a meeting at Westminster last week to discuss the key issues relating to victims of serious crime abroad.

Tom organised the event together with Maggie Hughes, a Wallington resident who has been fronting a campaign to improve support for victims after an assault in Greece on her son, Robbie, left him fighting for his life.

The meeting, held on Tuesday 21 January in Parliament, brought victims' families together to discuss their experiences of their loved ones being attacked and injured aboard or dying whilst abroad with their MP's and the Victims' Commissioner,Baroness Newlove.

Policy advisors from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), a police officerfrom the Met Extradition Unit, representatives from the Association of British Travel Agents and Association of British Insurers, were also amongst those who attended the meeting.

Tom, who has long supported Maggie and her family in their campaign for better support for victims of crime or injuries abroad, commented: "Although this issue affects a relatively small number every year, the effects of crime or injury abroad on the victims, and their families can be life shattering. This is why it was so important to hold this meeting."

"With so many victims of crimes and their families in one room, this was a very touching and emotional event, but I hope it was also a very constructive one. It was good to see all parties together, from the victims themselves, to the FCO, tour operators and the Victims' Commissioner, coming together to discuss how support for victims could be improved."

"The meeting highlighted the work that still needs to be done to ensure families get the support they need and the excellent work already being done by charities such as Justice without Borders."

For help and advice visit https://www.gov.uk/victim-crime-abroad.

Tom Brake and Maggie Hughes.

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