7/08/2020 - Published by


Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland visits the Peace Centre

On a visit to the centre (Friday 7th August), the Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Louise Haigh MP and Warrington North MP Charlotte Nichols met with support workers to see the incredible work the Peace Foundation does supporting victims of terrorism across the country, and promoting reconciliation.

They heard about the urgent need to restore funding and for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to keep a promise to secure funding he made at Prime Ministers Questions before the budget in March.

For two decades the foundation, established in the names of the two boys murdered by the IRA in Warrington in 1993, has provided a national support service for victims of terrorism in Great Britain, including trauma-informed health and wellbeing services.

The Shadow Cabinet Minister called on the Prime Minister to keep his promise to secure the future of the foundation and the ‘vital’ work they do for victims of terror.

The Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland said: “The Prime Minister has failed to keep the promise he made to victims of terror and to the Peace Foundation, and this failure risks removing vital support for victims.

Commenting, Nick Taylor, Chief Executive of the Peace Foundation said: “It is a pleasure to welcome the Shadow Secretary of State, Louise Haigh to the Peace Centre and to tell her about the work the Peace Foundation undertakes to promote reconciliation on our islands and the health and well-being support we provide to victims of terrorism in Great Britain including those affected by the Troubles.

“Terrorism is a crime that requires specialist niche support for the long-term. This is not general victim support and is a key component part of the UK’s counter terrorism strategy.

“We have provided that service for two decades. The decision to cease funding in March needs to be reviewed as the care we provide must be secured for the long-term.”

The Prime Minister promised at PMQs on March 11th 2020 to do “everything we can to ensure that funding (for the Peace Foundation) continues”

You can find out more about the Peace Foundation work in the prevention, resolution and response to violent conflict at www.peace-foundation.org.uk

You can find out more about the Peace Centre – https://www.thepeacecentre.org.uk/

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