Villiers pledges her support to the Tamil community in Barnet

Dr. Arjuna Sivananthan, Deputy Chairman of the BTC, started off the formal part of the evening with a short update of the work of BTC. He then introduced Lee Scott.

Lee is the chairman of the All Party Group on Tamils and Patron of the British Tamil Conservatives. He has been leading the campaign in the UK for justice for Tamils in Sri Lanka, including making representations to the UN. He spoke to the gathering of the work he has been doing to highlight human rights abuses committed against the Tamil community in Sri Lanka.

Speaking after the event, Theresa Villiers said: “This evening was an excellent opportunity for me to hear the concerns of my Tamil constituents. There is a thriving Tamil community in my Chipping Barnet constituency, particularly in the Cockfosters area.”

“Lee has been doing brilliant work to champion the concerns of the UK’s Tamil community. Like Lee, I am gravely concerned about the tragedy that has unfolded in Sri Lanka over recent years as highlighted in the Channel 4 documentary, “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields”. It is vital that the human rights abuses highlighted in the programme are properly investigated. Like my Tamil constituents, I want to see a peaceful settlement reached in Sri Lanka which protects the interests of all its citizens.”

Theresa also invited her Tamil constituents to get more involved in the Conservative Party. For information about how to get involved with the Chipping Barnet Conservatives please contact: 020 84497345.