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Jul 15 2012

Harrow Council Adds Weight to Olympics Silence Call

Harrow Council has thrown its weight behind a campaign for a minute’s silence during the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, in memory of those killed in terrorist attacks during the 1972 Games in Munich. A motion of support, proposed and seconded by the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Council’s Conservative Group, and supported cross-party, was voted through at last week’s full Council meeting.

Cllr. Susan Hall, Leader of the Conservative Group, said: “We were delighted to propose this motion, and that councillors of all parties supported it. This is an issue which has been mentioned to us by a number of residents, and as a borough with a significant Jewish population it is entirely proper that we take a lead on this issue. A very similar motion was passed cross-party at the London Assembly in June, and an Early Day Motion in Parliament, sponsored by Harrow East MP Bob Blackman, has attracted 55 signatures from across the political divide. We sincerely hope that the International Olympic Committee will listen to the arguments and calls put forward by us and others and allow a minute’s silence during the opening ceremony. It is a simple gesture that will mean so much to so many.”

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