Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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What I think of the poisoning of Yulia and Sergei Skripal and how we tackle Putin’s fascist regime


Having listened to the government’s statements, I don’t think anyone can seriously doubt that the Russian state was responsible for the poisoning of Yulia and Sergei Skripal, an outrageous attack which has also left the brave police officer, detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, in hospital.

This was the use of chemical weapons here on the streets of Britain, and it proves what I have been saying for years: that Putin is an old-style fascist dictator, a gangster who has enriched himself by looting billions from the impoverished people of Russia and a thug who murders his opponents in Russia and here in the UK as well.

I welcome the expulsion of 23 so-called “diplomats”, the decision not to send the Royal family to Russia until further notice and the call for a special meeting of the UNSC to discuss Russia’s use of chemical weapons in the UK.

Last year I moved a Bill in Parliament to implement a full “Magnistky Act” to freeze the assets of people responsible for fraud in Russia and to ban them from coming to the UK, to target corrupt thieves and crooks who think they can invest their stolen money in London mansions and come and go from here as they please.

Putin’s regime is a fascist, homophobic dictatorship and does not care about the rule of law.

You can watch the speech I made moving the Bill here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzYU1jwy7Ok
And read the text here: https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2017-12-06/debates/9FB8E42E-CEF8-42BE-8ACA-71474ADABB2C/Sanctions(HumanRightsAbuseAndCorruption)

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