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Harry’s Dunn’s family confront Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab outside election hustings


Harry Dunn (pictured), 19, was killed in August after Anne Sacoolas crashed into his motorbike near RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire

Harry Dunn (pictured), 19, was killed in August after Anne Sacoolas crashed into his motorbike near RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire

The grieving father of tragic 19-year-old motorcyclist Harry Dunn challenged Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab outside a hustings in his home constituency on Monday evening.

Tim Dunn accused Mr Raab of lying to him and his partner and said he has done nothing to help him get justice for his son.

Harry died on August 27 after his motorbike collided with a Volvo XC90 driven by Anne Sacoolas near RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire.

She had been in the UK for just three weeks and was driving on the wrong side of the road.

Sacoolas, 42, returned to the United States with her family shortly after the fatal crash and has claimed diplomatic immunity.

Harry’s parent’s Tim Dunn and Charlotte Charles have since begun a legal fight to bring her back to the UK to face justice.

The family have been warned by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) that if they take action in the courts it will seek legal costs.

Tim Dunn accused Mr Raab of lying to him and his partner and said he has done nothing to help him get justice for his son

Tim Dunn accused Mr Raab of lying to him and his partner and said he has done nothing to help him get justice for his son

Dominic Raab, pictured centre, arriving at the campaign hustings meeting avoids meeting Tim, father of Harry Dunn outside East Moseley Methodist Church in South West London

Dominic Raab, pictured centre, arriving at the campaign hustings meeting avoids meeting Tim, father of Harry Dunn outside East Moseley Methodist Church in South West London

Sacoolas was interviewed in the US by police, who handed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) last month.

Today when Mr Raab turned up to a hustings at a Methodist church in East Molesey, Surrey, Mr Dunn pleaded with him for answers but had his pleas rejected by the politician.

Around 100 people were shut out of hustings moments before the father of tragic biker Harry Dunn’s father challenged the foreign secretary.

A crowd of voters stood outside the Methodist Church after organisers shut the doors.

Those eager to get inside were told the venue had reached capacity and they couldn’t be allowed in for safety reasons.

As hustings continued inside the crowd chanted ‘let us in’ and six police officers arrived.

A sign put up at East Molesey Methodist Church where Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, attends a hustings

A sign put up at East Molesey Methodist Church where Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, attends a hustings

In the brief but passionate exchange, the Foreign Secretary told Mr Dunn: ‘I’m very happy to speak to you but I have to go in there.

‘I don’t want to keep the other people waiting but I am very happy to see you any time, you’ve got my number.’

After the foreign secretary disappeared behind wrought iron gates Mr Dunn said: ‘I wanted to ask him why he lied to me.

‘We had a meeting with him on October 9 when he told the family that the diplomatic immunity was still in place and they tried their best with the Americans but they’re not going to waive it and in the meeting he’s asked us ‘is there anything he could do’ and Charlotte has asked him ‘can you put in for another waiver?’

Anne Sacoolas

Harry Dunn

Harry Dunn (right) died on August 27 after his motorbike collided with a Volvo XC90 driven by Anne Sacoolas (left) near RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire

‘He says of course I will, a few weeks later when he addressed the House of Commons he said that he knew on October 8 that the immunity had been impertinent and that there was no immunity – the Americans had agreed there was no immunity on October 8.

‘So I just wanted to ask him why he lied and what was his reasoning of not giving us the truth. I’m just getting frustrated.

‘I know he’s got something on but he could have given me a minute. He says I’ve got his number, I don’t have his number he never gave us his number and since that meeting we have had no contact with him at all and he’s not tried to get in contact with us and every time we try to get in contact they just send the same old rubbish letter and no answers.

‘The CPS have had the file now for three weeks. I don’t know what the hold up is, the lady has admitted killing our son – she’s admitted it’s her fault – so I don’t understand why there’s a hold up on this, I really do not.

‘The CPS won’t speak to us, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office won’t speak to us – it’s just unbelievable and I’m just fed up with it now, just really fed up.

‘Our son has died somebody has killed him, left the country, and they would rather protect her than help us.

‘I only wanted one question and I don’t know why he wouldn’t just give me a minute of his time.

‘He’s got ten minutes he could have given us a minute. Its the way it has been since we’ve started.

Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, Harry's parents, are pictured on This Morning in October earlier this year

Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, Harry’s parents, are pictured on This Morning in October earlier this year

‘It’s still a battle and I’m telling you we’re not giving up. We truly believe that Anne Sacoolas didn’t have immunity.

‘We believe they have come to some agreement behind whatever they have done and we will get to the truth – our lawyers believe us and I think the country believes us.

‘Something is not right between this agreement they have done and it needs to come out. No matter how hard they make it we will get there.

‘We want answers if he wants to come and give me answers – but not the same spiel he gave me last time.

‘I just want to ask him why he would do that to us, he can see we’re grieving, he can see we want answers for our son and just sweep it under the carpet. I feel sorry for these people that have got to vote for him.

‘They have got to seriously think to themselves ‘is this the kind of person we want to be our MP’ because if the bloke is just lying to us then who else is he lying to.’

 



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Dominic Raab equates Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour with the BNP in heated clash after Question Time debate


Dominic Raab equates Labour with the BNP in heated clash over anti-semitism after Question Time debate which saw ‘terrified’ man challenge Jeremy Corbyn over his ‘nice old granpda act’ and abuse of Jewish MPs

  • Mr Raab and Mr McDonald spoke after Sky News interview about Question Time
  • The politicians point fingers at each other in an animated manner during the clip
  • Mr McDonald asks Mr Raab about Tories’ failure to hold an Islamophobia inquiry
  • But the foreign secretary chastises Mr McDonald about anti-Semitism in Labour

The Foreign Secretary clashed with a senior Labour politician in a tense exchange about racism in each of the two main parties.

Dominic Raab faced up to shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald after the pair conducted a short interview with Sky News about the leaders’ Question Time debate.

The pair point fingers at each other in an animated manner as Mr McDonald reprimands Mr Raab about the Conservatives’ failure to hold an inquiry into Islamophobia while Mr Rabb chastises him about anti-Semitism in Labour.

Dominic Raab (left) faced up to shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald (right) after the pair conducted a short interview with Sky News about the leaders' Question Time debate

Dominic Raab (left) faced up to shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald (right) after the pair conducted a short interview with Sky News about the leaders’ Question Time debate

The pair point fingers at each other in an animated manner as Mr McDonald reprimands Mr Raab about the Conservatives' failure to hold an inquiry into Islamophobia while Mr Rabb chastises him about anti-Semitism in Labour

The pair point fingers at each other in an animated manner as Mr McDonald reprimands Mr Raab about the Conservatives’ failure to hold an inquiry into Islamophobia while Mr Rabb chastises him about anti-Semitism in Labour

Speaking over each other for close to a minute in front of shocked onlookers, McDonald says: ‘You’re actually putting it into the long grass, you’re refusing to do it… listen to Baroness Warsi, she’s telling you what to do about it. You should be doing it.’

Mr Raab said: ‘Two parties in this country’s history have been investigated by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) – Labour under Corbyn and the BNP (British National Party).

‘Answer that.’

The visibly frustrated Mr Raab then walks away.

The pair speak to each other for close to a minute in front of shocked onlookers, before the visibly frustrated Mr Raab walks away

The pair speak to each other for close to a minute in front of shocked onlookers, before the visibly frustrated Mr Raab walks away

Later, on the BBC’s Newsnight, Mr McDonald said Labour is ‘happy’ to be subject to an inquiry into anti-Semitism because its efforts to tackle the issue could be ‘externally validated’.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission launched an investigation into anti-Semitism in the party in August ‘after receiving a number of complaints about allegations’.

Mr McDonald added: ‘We’re happy that EHRC are looking into these matters because if they can look at our processes and find any room for improvement then we want to hear from them.

Later, on the BBC's Newsnight, Mr McDonald said Labour is 'happy' to be subject to an inquiry into anti-Semitism

Later, on the BBC’s Newsnight, Mr McDonald said Labour is ‘happy’ to be subject to an inquiry into anti-Semitism

‘We think we’ve taken many steps including the doubling of staff, the appointing of internal counsel, and speeding up the processing of complaints.

‘So we’ve done an awful lot about this but we are very happy to have that externally validated and looked into by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and really that’s why we set it up in the first instance so they could carry out these functions.’

Asked if Labour could have envisaged being investigated by the commission it set up in 2007, he said it ‘should have no barriers to where it looks’ and suggested it should look into Islamophobia complaints in the Tory party.

He added: ‘Hopefully the Conservative Party will take the warnings from Baroness Warsi and set up their inquiry into Islamophobia and if necessary the EHRC may want to look there as well.

‘It’s critically important that we remove all forms of prejudice out of political life and wider society.’

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi has been vocal in calling for an inquiry into apparent anti-Muslim bigotry within the Conservative Party.

She recently tweeted the decision not to hold an inquiry into the specific issue was ‘disappointing’ and ‘predictable’.



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