Iraqi interpreters: 9th October meeting

The campaign over asylum for Iraqi interpreters who worked for the British armed forces and who are now in fear of their lives has organised a cross-party meeting in Parliament for 9th October – backed by Amnesty International, The Refugee Council and others.

I’ll be speaking, along with Conservative MP Ed Vaizey (a regular jousting partner on Radio 4’s Westminster Hour!) and a so-far unnamed senior Labour MP. Will be interesting to see who pops their head above the parapet from the Labour side on this!

There is some good lobbying advice over on Dan Hardie‘s blog (though I would very much echo his point that personal letters have MUCH more impact on the receiving MPs than messages which are simple copying and pasting of a standard message), and the Liberal Democrats’ petition is here.