Public Meeting with MEP, MP, GLA & Councillors
11 Nov 2011The Redbridge Essex and East London branch of British Tamil Conservatives (BTC) held a very successful public meeting on Friday 11th November. Nearly 150 people heard Dr. Syed Kamall MEP London; Roger Evans GLA; Lee Scott MP Ilford North and Chairman of the All party parliamentary group for Tamils (APPGt) tell the audience of their friendship and support for the Tamil community and explain how their own individual positions worked. They all expressed their grave concerns about the treatment of the Tamils in Sri Lanka.
Jeeva Daniel who chaired the meeting welcomed the guests and the traditional lamp was lit by Lee. Meeting commenced after observing a minute silence to remember the war heroes. Pathmanathan spoke on the atrocities and appalling Human Rights conditions that the Tamils in Sri Lanka were subject to at present.Syed Kamall MEP spoke of how EUROPE worked and how his underlying reason for being an MEP was to look after all his constituents. He explained the many ways in which Europe worked alongside the British Parliament and the close relationship with Lee Scott MP and their warm discussions on issues. He thanked the Tamil community for their work in support and also congratulated them on the benefits they brought to the wider community. He explained he was available to discuss all issues and would be happy to meet after the formalities were completed. He went onto thank the committee for their work to bring these issues to the public and creating such awareness.
Lee Scott MP updated the meeting on recent activities he had undertaken. He spoke about the workings of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils and the meetings and work they have undertaken; he also talked about his and colleagues from APPGt and BTF visit to the UN in Geneva and the representatives they had met from other countries and presented the case for the Tamils to them; he spoke about the upcoming report which was expected and comments on this would be placed before Parliament; he also pledged his continual support for the Tamil cause. He stressed how important it was for all concerned to continue to make the wider community aware of all information available. The audience should inform their friends so that they could inform their MPS -this is what the APPGt was about. The BTC was very well regarded at CCO and all the help they gave greatly appreciated.All the speakers thanked the Tamil Community for all their hard work and support.
Roger Evans GLA spoke about his support for the Tamil cause; his meeting with many of the members and his attendance at the Trafalgar Square event. He explained how London worked and what his role was as a member of the London Assembly. He also re-affirmed his continuing support and explained how people could contact him with any issues they wished to discuss further.
Cllr Alan Weinberg Redbridge Portfolio Holder for Children Services gave the vote of thanks and congratulated Nathan Pathmanathan for being selected for Clayhall Ward in the next local elections; and Eswarampillai Thaneswaran for being on the approved list. He stressed how important it was for the Tamil Community to take up positions in the community as Councillors; School Governors; JPs; representatives etc and pledged as much assistance as was required to assist anyone interested in taking up these opportunities. Alan Weinberg continued in saying he could not believe especially in this week leading up to Remembrance Sunday and what that meant to the majority of people globally, there were countries where there were still camps and atrocities were reported as being committed. The right of all peoples to live in peace and harmony was something that must be adhered to. Acts against Human Rights could not be accepted. He reiterated that in Redbridge the Tamil Community had many friends and this would continue. He congratulated Lee Scott MP who had led the fight for recognition of the Tamil cause. In closing he said he looked forward to becoming an Hon Tamil and to a longstanding friendship.
The meeting was attended by many Conservative Cllrs and representatives who reaffirmed their friendship for the community.
After the speeches the public had a chance to ask questions and mingle with Dr Kamall, Mr. Scott, Mr Evans and the councillors whilst having their refreshments.
As it was the weekend of Remembrance Sunday the British Tamil Conservatives were honoured to be able to raise funds for the British Legion by selling poppies to the community. It is hoped that this will be followed by further public meetings to be addressed by senior politicians and community leaders.