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  • 16th November 2017
    In the Press

    THE sun shone as Sutton Coldfield fell silent to honour its war heroes at the town's annual Remembrance Sunday commemorations last weekend.

    Hundreds of people lined the streets as veterans - proudly wearing medals and poppies - paraded through the town in memory of comrades and all those who lost their lives during the two world wars and in other more recent conflicts.

    They were joined by dignitaries, including West Midlands Deputy Lieutenant Dr John Craggs, Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell and the Mayor of Royal Sutton Coldfield, Councillor David Pears.

    Uniformed organisations, including Sutton Coldfield Sea Scouts, members of the 495 (Sutton Coldfield) Squadron of the Air Training Corps, army cadets and emergency service personnel were among those who also took part in the moving tribute.

    Led by standard bearers from The Royal British Legion Sutton Coldfield Branch, the parade from the town's war memorial in King Edward Square processed along High Street to Holy Trinity Parish Church, off Mill Street, for the traditional Remembrance Sunday service, led by Reverend John Routh.

    Readings were given by Roy Hubbard, from The Royal British Legion, and Mr Mitchell before The Last Post sounded. The congregation observed two minutes' silence at 11am which was followed by the Reveille.

    After the service, the parade reassembled and made its way back to the war memorial for the wreath-laying ceremony where the crowds fell silent once again in tribute to the town's war dead.

    Mr Mitchell, who was among those to lay a poppy wreath at the monument, said: "I am always proud to be able to pay my respects to the fallen and those brave men and women from all walks of life who gave their lives to protect our freedom and liberty.

    "This year, as previously, we saw a huge number of young people from the Royal Town turn out in uniform for the Remembrance Day parade.

    "Later this year I will also attend the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Cambrai being held in France by my old regiment, the 1st Royal Tank, with whom I served."

    Remembrance services were held elsewhere across the town, including at Walmley's war memorial and All Saints' Church in Four Oaks.

    Sutton Coldfield Observer

  • 16th November 2017
    In the Press

    Andrew Mitchell MP has urged the Government to push for greater tax haven transparency to help tackle corrupt practices.

    He said: "We have an obligation not least to our own taxpayers to champion transparency and openness and to have zero tolerance towards corruption.

    "The time has come, and this is the third debate that I have taken part in, to insist on the same levels of openness and transparency for the overseas territories as we have in this country.

    "Registers must be open to the media, to journalists, to NGOs and to those people who can join up the dots."

    Philip Hammond pressured to tackle tax avoidance in autumn budget, getSURREY, 16 Nov 2017.

  • 31st October 2017
    In the Press

    Andrew Mitchell MP has urged the Government to help rescue Andy Tsege, a British father from Islington, held on death row by Ethiopian authorities for more than three years.

    In his article, Mr Mitchell wrote:

    “Inside the front cover of my passport, I am always reassured to read that the UK Government offers me “such assistance and protection as may be necessary” when I leave British shores. But I am reminded by one case in particular that protection is not always guaranteed… we have a duty to speak out. It is time for our Government to negotiate Andy’s return to his family.”

    Andrew Mitchell’s article in the London Evening Standard is available to read here.

  • 25th October 2017
    In the Press

    Andrew Mitchell MP has personally written to the Home Secretary to urge HM Government to challenge the Kremlin's repeated attempts to order the arrest of Bill Browder, a campaigner against Russian human rights abuses, through Interpol.

    In his letter, Mr Mitchell wrote: “I hope you feel as Home Secretary that it is right and proper that we ensure that Mr Browder is protected from what looks like a clear and egregious breach of his human rights.”

    Andrew Mitchell’s letter to the Home Secretary is available to read here.

    Home Secretary urged to 'protect' British Putin critic targeted by Russia, by Edward Malnick, The Telegraph, 24 October 2017, (£)

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