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Labour MP calls for Finucane inquiry

By Sam Lister

A Labour politician has launched a campaign in Parliament calling for an independent inquiry into the killing of Pat Finucane.

Jeremy Corbyn claims that only an investigation “free from government” will uncover the truth behind allegations of collusion between the security forces and loyalist paramilitaries.

In the Early Day Motion, tabled to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the solicitor’s murder, the London MP “notes the conclusions of the Stevens Inquiry into the murder of evidence of collusion and the withholding of intelligence and evidence and of the Cory Inquiry that there is strong evidence that collusive acts were committed by the Army, the RUC SB (Special Branch) and the Security Service”.

Mr Finucane was shot 14 times as he sat eating a meal at home with his family in February 1989 with his wife and three children.

The UFF later admitted the murder, claiming it shot "Pat Finucane, the IRA officer". Mr Finucane had represented IRA members, but his family have denied claims of any further involvement.

An offer to hold a public inquiry into the death has been rejected by the Finucane family.

Mr Corbyn is a prominent member of Amnesty International, which has backed the family in their fight for an independent investigation, and is known for his pro-Sinn Fein views.

His motion goes on to add that he believes “that evidence of collusion between British forces and Loyalist paramilitaries in the case means only an independent inquiry free from Government constraints can establish the truth behind the murder and supports the calls of the Finucane family and Amnesty International for a fully independent inquiry”.

So far, Mr Corbyn is the only signatory to the motion.

Meanwhile, the DUP’s David Simpson has tabled an EDM backing the decision to throw out the appeal by Patricia Lewsley, the Northern Ireland Children's Commissioner, against the law allowing parents smack their children.

In it, the Upper Bann MP “criticises her waste of public money in pursuit of an ideologically driven legal campaign; and calls on the commissioner to cease attempting to criminalise loving, caring parents”.

Judges ruled the challenge must fail because Ms Lewsley cannot be classed as a victim under the Human Rights Act.

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