January 2012 Monthly Archives

Nick Hurd ‘Speaks Out’ against prejudice by signing Holocaust Memorial Day Book of Commitment

January 23, 2012

Holocaust Memorial Day 2012

This week Nick Hurd MP signed a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons, in doing so pledging his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who died during the Holocaust.

Friday January 27th will mark the 67th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi concentration and extermination camp which is the site of the largest mass murder in history – and in the weeks running up to the day, the Holocaust Educational Trust placed a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons, giving MPs the chance to honour those who were persecuted and killed during their Holocaust and encouraging constituents to actively speak out against prejudice and bigotry today.

In signing the Book of Commitment Nick Hurd paid tribute to the extraordinary men and women who having survived the Holocaust, work to educate young people about what they endured, through the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Outreach programme.

In the weeks around Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commemorative events will be arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations across the country, remembering all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. This year, people will also be encouraged to take a stand against racism and prejudice today – and to speak out against hatred wherever they encounter it.

Nick Hurd said:
“Holocaust Memorial Day marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau – and is an important opportunity to both remember the victims of genocide. I encourage all constituents to mark the day and to commit to ‘speaking up and speaking out’ against prejudice today.”

Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said:
“We are proud that Nick Hurd is supporting Holocaust Memorial Day this year. It is vitally important that we both remember and learn from the appalling events of the Holocaust – as well as ensuring that we continue to challenge all forms of bigotry.”

HS2

January 13, 2012

Nick Hurd’s statment on HS2.

As you know, the Secretary of State for Transport has given a green light to HS2 on the proposed route. This will have disappointed many constituents who are very concerned about the impact on Hillingdon and the Chilterns. The impact on Ruislip will be mitigated by more tunnelling, which is a good result. However, this does not help Ickenham and Harefield, which are the other two wards in my constituency that are most affected. I have already made this clear to the Secretary of State.

This process is going to take a long time and there is still plenty to play for. I expect a judicial review and a continued campaign against the Government’s decision. Whatever the outcome of that campaign, the Government has signalled that there is still a great deal to negotiate on in terms of mitigation and compensation.

My job is to represent the interests of my constituents and I will continue to work closely with John Randall MP and Hillingdon Council in that task. Many of you were kind enough to say that my response to the consultation was a good reflection of the local view and I have followed that up with representations at the highest level.

Immediately after the statement I had a meeting with HS2 to discuss local concerns and I attach a summary of the responses I got. Please feel free to come back to me with any comment or supplementary questions.

I know the strength of feeling on this issue and will continue to keep you posted on developments.

| Click here to download Summary of Meeting with HS2 Ltd (pdf)

Nick Hurd MP