Last week, I visited the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Centre in Warrington along with the local Labour MP Charlotte Nichols.

The centre was established in the wake of the Warrington bombings in 1993 and was named after two children who tragically died in the horrendous attack. Since then, it has provided unique support for victims of terrorism throughout Britain.

The centre recognises that survivors of terrorism suffer from a unique trauma that can cause a ripple effect throughout communities and broader society. Over the years, they have helped victims of the Troubles, the Manchester Arena bombing, attacks in Tunisia, and the many terrorist acts that have taken place in London.

But, unfortunately, the government has withdrawn its funding for these important services, breaking a pledge that Boris Johnson made in March. It is vital that this centre remains open and I have called on the Prime Minister to provide it with the funding it needs to continue its important work.

While the centre is fighting for its future, it is astonishingly offensive that Claire Fox – a former leading activist of the Revolutionary Communist Party, who has repeatedly refused to apologise for its defence of the Warrington attack – has been offered a peerage.

It is frankly insulting to victims that, at the same time the service they rely on is placed into doubt, a life peerage carrying with it a £313 per day allowance is awarded to Claire Fox who steadfastly refuses to apologise for defending the Warrington bombings. The Prime Minister has the power to block the peerage and must do so.

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