I oppose the Legacy and Reconciliation Bill. People lost loved ones in the Troubles and justice for the victims shouldn’t be a negotiable. The Bill proposes immunity for those who committed acts of terror and is being tabled by the Government with no real consultation with those most affected.

The Conservative Party should reflect on the moral implications of this Bill and recognise why it faces so much opposition from victim groups, veterans and political parties in Northern Ireland. The Good Friday Agreement and Stormont House Agreement were significant steps in peace building in Northern Ireland but this bill jeopardises going too far and unwinding their success. With no pre legislative scrutiny from a Select Committee or transparent public consultation, the Tories just want to push it through with little regard to reaching a consensus.

I’ve been paired for voting with another MP. That being said, I am passionate about voicing my opposition to this bill where I can.

I acknowledge the desire for a resolution however we can not reach this at the expense of justice for bereaved family and friends.

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