80th Anniversary of Acknowledgement of Holocaust in the House of Commons
80 years ago, the House of Commons was stunned into an unplanned silence on hearing of the reality of the Holocaust. Today, we fell silent again, with Holocaust survivors and representatives of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust joining us in the Gallery, to reflect upon all those lives lost.
It was incredibly moving to be present today, alongside these Holocaust survivors, and to hear the Speaker repeat the words said in the House of Commons 80 years ago, outlining the systematic murder of Europe's Jews. I can well imagine how the Commons would have been stunned into silence on hearing these horrors.
I am the sponsor of an Early Day Motion noting this moment in history, and am very grateful to cross-party colleagues Andrew Percy MP, Dame Margaret Hodge, Christine Jardine, Jim Shannon and Liz Saville Roberts AS/MP who joined me as co-sponsors.
All of us have a responsibility to remember, and to share that knowledge. We must listen to the testimony of those who survived, and work collectively to prevent genocide.