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Mary Creagh to host carbon monoxide conference in parliament

Mary Creagh MP will host a conference in parliament on carbon monoxide safety on Monday 16 November. Industry experts, medical professionals and charities will be attending. 

Sharon Wood, the mother of Christi and Bobby Shepherd, will be speaking at the conference alongside Thomas Cook’s CEO Peter Fankhauser.


Mary Creagh MP said:

“Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week is an opportunity to take stock of the progress that has been made in raising awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide in the years since Christi and Bobby's tragic deaths.  

“Wakefield coroner David Hinchliffe was clear that new laws are needed at UK and EU level to protect families on holiday, and that the medical profession needs to be more systematic in recognising Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

“Thomas Cook promised the children's parents they would lead the call from the industry to improve holiday safety, so this conference will be an important milestone for the UK travel industry.”




1. Peter Fankhauser and Sharon Wood will be speaking about the Safer Tourism Foundation, which has recently been set up by Thomas Cook. The Foundation aims to promote awareness of carbon monoxide and the risks associated with it in the tourism industry through public campaigns and other initiatives. 

2. Christi and Bobby Shephard died from carbon monoxide poisoning on a Thomas Cook holiday in Corfu in 2006. The Coroner’s inquest found that Thomas Cook had ‘breached its duty of care’.


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