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  • 16th April 2018
    In the Press

    Andrew Mitchell has pledged his support for ‘Clearly’, a global campaign to enable universal access to glasses. Last week ‘Clearly’ are calling on Commonwealth leaders to commit to vision for everyone at their Heads of Government meeting. The meeting of the diverse community of 53 nations will consider a range of key issues focusing on a better future of all people of the Commonwealth.

    It is estimated that three-quarters of the leaders at this meeting will be wearing spectacles. Unfortunately, this is not an option for nearly a billion people in their countries, who suffer from poor vision because they have no access to glasses.

    Mr Mitchell said: ‘Poor vision has a direct impact on performances in school and at work. While working as a Secretary of State for International Development I witnessed first-hand the devastating effects little to no vision can have on people in the developing world.’

    ‘Clear vision serves as a universal aid to reducing poverty, providing quality education and ensuring employment. Universal access to glasses would create a fairer and more prosperous world for everyone.’

    Read the article in The Times here

  • 2nd March 2018
    In the Press

    Andrew Mitchell recently visited his alma mater, University of Cambridge, to speak with the Cambridge Globalist.

    The discussion broached on a number of topics including the importance of continuing British aid, the UK’s relationship with Saudi Arabia and his recent visit to Yemen that marked the first time a European politician has visited the rebel controlled north of the country since the outbreak of the civil war in 2005.

    In discussing the importance of British aid, Mr Mitchell stated that “every penny of Britain’s development budget is spent in the interest of Britain, because it makes the world safer and more prosperous. It is also, I would submit, one of the best investments in the younger generation. For your generation, which incidentally heavily supports international development, it is a key way of ensuring you inherit a world that is safer and more prosperous”.

    Interview: Andrew Mitchell

  • 25th January 2018
    In the Press

    Andrew Mitchell, along with other senior Conservative MPs, has urged the Government to conduct an urgent review of the controversial joint enterprise laws.

    The legal principle of joint enterprise means that an individual can be convicted of murder even if they had not inflicted the fatal blow. Established in the 1980s, it was an easy route for prosecutors to convict multiple suspects for a single crime – most of whom were suspected of being gang members.

    However, when ‘joint enterprise’ was used in cases of murder – it set the threshold for culpability so dangerously low that the prosecutor was simply required to prove that the defendant could have ‘foreseen’ that a murder or violent act was likely to take place - even if they did not intend to assist or encourage the murder at all.

    In 2016, the Supreme Court ruled that judges had misinterpreting the law for 30 years. Yet despite this, a series of appeals that have been brought under the new legal interpretation have not resulted in any verdicts being overturned.

    Mr Mitchell said: “Thousands of people are estimated to have been prosecuted under joint enterprise over the last decade alone, with a wealth of evidence suggesting that it disproportionately affects those who identify as black, Asian and minority ethnic.

    “It is startling that our courts are so keen to block appeals by those who may have been convicted by error of the courts.”

    Read the article here.
    Find Mr Mitchell’s speech here.

  • 27th November 2017
    In the Press

    The British Army is secretly training Saudi Arabian troops to fight in Yemen, where the country has been accused of committing crimes against humanity. Codenamed Operation Crossways, it was never supposed to be made public but was exposed after photographs were made publicly available on social media.

    Andrew Mitchell said: ‘The UK has been shamefully complicit in Saudi’s role in Yemen, which has clearly included breaches of the Geneva Convention…I have no doubt Parliament will require an explanation of this training mission in view of the high level of concern about the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in Yemen.’

    Andrew Mitchell’s article in the Mail Online is available to read here.

  • 16th November 2017
    In the Press

    Andrew Mitchell MP has urged the Government to push for greater tax haven transparency to help tackle corrupt practices.

    He said: "We have an obligation not least to our own taxpayers to champion transparency and openness and to have zero tolerance towards corruption.

    "The time has come, and this is the third debate that I have taken part in, to insist on the same levels of openness and transparency for the overseas territories as we have in this country.

    "Registers must be open to the media, to journalists, to NGOs and to those people who can join up the dots."

    Philip Hammond pressured to tackle tax avoidance in autumn budget, getSURREY, 16 Nov 2017.

  • 31st October 2017
    In the Press

    Andrew Mitchell MP has urged the Government to help rescue Andy Tsege, a British father from Islington, held on death row by Ethiopian authorities for more than three years.

    In his article, Mr Mitchell wrote:

    “Inside the front cover of my passport, I am always reassured to read that the UK Government offers me “such assistance and protection as may be necessary” when I leave British shores. But I am reminded by one case in particular that protection is not always guaranteed… we have a duty to speak out. It is time for our Government to negotiate Andy’s return to his family.”

    Andrew Mitchell’s article in the London Evening Standard is available to read here.

  • 25th October 2017
    In the Press

    Andrew Mitchell MP has personally written to the Home Secretary to urge HM Government to challenge the Kremlin's repeated attempts to order the arrest of Bill Browder, a campaigner against Russian human rights abuses, through Interpol.

    In his letter, Mr Mitchell wrote: “I hope you feel as Home Secretary that it is right and proper that we ensure that Mr Browder is protected from what looks like a clear and egregious breach of his human rights.”

    Andrew Mitchell’s letter to the Home Secretary is available to read here.

    Home Secretary urged to 'protect' British Putin critic targeted by Russia, by Edward Malnick, The Telegraph, 24 October 2017, (£)

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