BlogLOCAL MEP RAISES CONCERNS OVER TRAVELLING COMMUNITY ISSUES

LOCAL MEP RAISES CONCERNS OVER TRAVELLING COMMUNITY ISSUES

LOCAL MEP RAISES CONCERNS OVER TRAVELLING COMMUNITY ISSUES

Regional MEP James Carver has travelled to No 10 Downing Street to hand deliver a letter over concerns about legislation affecting the travelling community.

 

And he has also asked for Roma representation on the UK Holocaust Commission.

 

Mr Carver, believed to be the only British parliamentarian of Romany descent, has further raised his concerns in the European Parliament.

 

The UKIP MEP decided to take matters right to the top as he feels so strongly about the issues involved.

 

During his trip to London, arranged to coincide with international Roma Day, he met with representatives of the International Roma Union, Gypsy Council and Traveller Movement groups.

 

Speaking at a debate in the European Parliament on Monday Mr Carver said, “I’m proud to champion the real concerns facing a community living on the margins of UK society.”

 

He told how he had hand delivered a letter to No 10 Downing Street outlining his concerns over recent changes in UK planning legislation redefining the legal personality of a traveller.

 

 

“This is placing increased difficulties on my community, who already face a massive shortage of site provision.

 

“I also asked for the appointment of Roma to the UK Holocaust Commission, as the current absence from membership - despite the Nazi genocide that cost some 500,000 Romany lives - is felt as another instance of exclusion.

 

“In 21st century Britain, there has never been a more pressing time to tackle the problems facing British Travelling communities.

 

“Both the UK Government & Westminster Parliament must rise to that challenge, instead of continually sweeping the issue under the carpet,” he said.

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