Mary Creagh MP will meet Thomas Cook Chief Executive Peter Fankhauser today to discuss the case of Bobby and Christi Shepherd, who died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning on holiday in Corfu in 2006.
Mary Creagh will be pushing for Thomas Cook to lead a Europe-wide campaign for improved carbon monoxide safety and a requirement for all hotels to install carbon monoxide alarms.
Mary Creagh MP said:
“Having worked with the family for the past five years, their dearest wish is that no other family suffers a similar tragedy. They want Thomas Cook and the UK government to lead a Europe-wide campaign for improved carbon monoxide safety. Following Thomas Cook’s commitment to give £1 million to create a new initiative to promote carbon monoxide awareness my meeting with Mr Fankhauser will look at how we take this campaign forward.”
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The MP has tabled a parliamentary motion calling for action. The motion has now been signed by 46 MPs from across the UK:
Early Day Motion 42 – Thomas Cook and Christi and Bobby Shepherd: http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2015-16/42
That this House expresses its deepest condolences to the parents of Christi and Bobby Shepherd, who died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning on holiday in Corfu in 2006; notes that the actions of Thomas Cook since the children’s deaths have added to their parents’ grief; that Thomas Cook tried to prevent the inquest into the children’s deaths from taking place; notes the refusal of former Chief Executive Harriet Green to meet with Sharon Wood and Neil Shepherd, Christi and Bobby’s parents; notes that the former Chief Executive of Thomas Cook, Manny Fontenla-Novoa, exercised his right to remain silent at the inquest; that the current Chief Executive of Thomas Cook, Peter Fankhauser said that Thomas Cook had “nothing to apologise for” at the Coroner’s inquest; that the Coroner’s inquest ruled that the children had been unlawfully killed and that Thomas Cook “breached its duty of care” to them; notes that the former Chief Executive of Thomas Cook, Harriet Green is in line for a £10.5 million pay-out; this House therefore condemns the fact that 2 men convicted of Christi and Bobby’s manslaughter have been discovered working in Thomas Cook hotels; condemns the Louis hotel where the children died for reletting the bungalow where the children died to other holidaymakers, breaking the promise they made to the children’s parents; calls on Thomas Cook’s remuneration committee to review Ms Green’s settlement; and calls on Thomas Cook to install carbon monoxide alarms in all their holiday accommodation where gas is present; and calls on Thomas Cook and the UK government to lead a Europe-wide campaign for improved carbon monoxide safety in the UK and across the EU.