Mary Creagh MP has tabled a Parliamentary motion condemning the actions of Thomas Cook after the deaths of Christi and Bobby Shepherd.
Mary Creagh MP said:
“Thomas Cook’s treatment of the family has been disgraceful. Successive Chief Executives refused to meet with the family, they failed to stop the people convicted of Christi and Bobby’s manslaughter being re-employed in Thomas Cook hotels. Thomas Cook even tried to stop the inquest into the children’s deaths taking place.
“This motion sets out the full facts of Thomas Cook’s actions. I want to ensure that Thomas Cook never fail another family. Sharon and Neil now want Thomas Cook and the UK government to lead a Europe-wide campaign for improved carbon monoxide safety.”
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.