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Mary Creagh MP to meet Thomas Cook Chief Executive over carbon monoxide deaths

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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For more information contact Juan Leahy – 0207 219 8766 / juan.leahy@parliament.uk

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.

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