Monday 11 September 2017 / 10:49 AM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

Kate Osamor comment on the announcement that Emmanuel Macron will visit St Martin on Tuesday

Kate
Osamor MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
, commenting on the announcement
that Emmanuel Macron will visit St Martin on Tuesday, said, 

“Hurricane
Irma is the worst Atlantic storm to have hit in years, and people’s lives have
been devastated in Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands and across the
Caribbean.

“Boris
Johnson was clear on Sunday that this is a national disaster being treated as
though in Inverness, Dover or St. Ives. Donald Trump is headed to Florida, and
now Emmanuel Macron will visit St Martin tomorrow. 

“But
with the UK response to Irma drawing wide criticism, Theresa May is still to
announce whether she or Boris Johnson will visit those most affected, look
them in the eye and put their concerns at the centre of her government’s
response plan.  

“The British people in the Overseas Territories
deserve to see first-hand that the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary
are doing everything they can to get a grip on this national
disaster.”