Andrew Rosindell is new Chair of Chagos APPG as Jeremy Corbyn becomes Honorary President
Conservative MP for Romford Andrew Rosindell has officially been appointed Chair of the Chagos Islands All-Party Parliamentary Group. Mr Rosindell has been a consistent supporter of the Chagossian fight for justice since his election back in 2001. With a Government consultation into return under way, he takes up the role at a pivotal moment in the struggle for return on fair terms.
He succeeds founding member of the group Jeremy Corbyn as Chair. Jeremy will though remain affiliated with the group as he becomes Honorary President. The position was offered to Jeremy is view of his years of work in pursuit of justice for the Chagossian people.
We can be confident in this new role, and in his position as Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy will continue do all he can to secure the long-denied rights of the Chagossian people.
As Andrew Rosindell took up his new role as Chair, he stated that "I am proud to have been elected Chairman of this important All Party Group. This group has genuine cross party support and works to promote a key issue which the government needs to address."
Explaining his immediate priorities, Mr Rosindell added that "The Chagossians were unfairly forced to leave their homes in the 1960s and I look forward to working with my fellow members and peers to hold the government to account on this issue, and enable the Chagossians return to their homeland."
The group has worked since 2008 to secure a fair settlement for the Chagossian people. Following Mr Corbyn's election as Leader of the Opposition, he has decided to stand down as Chair, allowing a fellow member with more time to commit to lead the group at this critical juncture.
Although at opposite ends of the political spectrum, Andrew and Jeremy share the same resolute view that now is the perfect time to end half a century of unfair, unnecessary exile endured by the Chagossian people. This shared commitment reaffirms that this is not at heart a party-political issue, but a simple question of humanity and national values.
UK Chagos Support Association are delighted to welcome Mr Rosindell to the role and look forward to working with him to ensure the Government take this opportunity to do the right thing and support Chagossian return home on fair terms. We would also like to thank both Mr Rosindell and Mr Corbyn for over a decade of utter commitment to the often-neglected cause of the Chagossian people.