Wakefield MP to raise issues over Corfu deaths in Parliament

Christi and Bobby Shepherd
Christi and Bobby Shepherd
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A WAKEFIELD MP aims to highlight the failings of tour company Thomas Cook in Parliament this week after two children from her constituency died from carbon monoxide poisoning while on holiday in Corfu.

Mary Creagh said she will table an early day motion after criticism of how Thomas Cook treated the parents of Bobby and Christi Shepherd, who were found dead at a hotel bungalow in Corfu in 2006.

Ms Creagh said: “The early day motion will set out the full facts of Thomas Cook’s treatment of the family, the fact that Harriet Green shamefully refused to meet with the family and that she was the chief executive of Thomas Cook when it tried to stop the inquests into the children’s deaths taking place.

“I will also be seeking a debate in Parliament to discuss what the Government can do to help holidaymakers stay safe from carbon monoxide.”

Former chief executive of the firm, Harriet Green, led Thomas Cook until last year during a period in which the firm took legal action against the hotel and fought to stop inquests into the children’s death taking place in the UK.

It was recently reported that she could receive a £10.5m bonus this year.

The jury at the inquests concluded that Christi and Bobby were unlawfully killed and the tour company breached its duty of care.

It has since been revealed the firm secured a £3m compensation payout from the company that owns the hotel.

The children’s mother, Sharon Wood, told the Mail on Sunday: “Harriet Green has behaved shamefully towards us – she refused to meet us.

“She should hand this bonus back, or pay it to children’s charities.”

Miss Green’s spokesman told the Mail on Sunday she “has enormous sympathy with the family”.

A Thomas Cook spokesman said Ms Green is due to receive shares in June and the Remuneration Committee will review it as a matter of course.