Friday, 26 December 2008

Harry Cohen's PC Credentials

Harry Cohen, former New Labour MP for Leyton and Wanstead, voted for the decriminalisation of cannabis.

He also voted a Bill into Parliament which sought to remove all the restrictions on 'nationality which apply to persons employed or holding office in any civil capacity under the Crown.' In effect, he voted to further disadvantage the native born Briton by making a great many more good jobs available to the foreigner within this country, which were once the exclusive preserve of the indigenous population.

He also signed two EDMs criticising the decision to deport Nigerian immigrant, Sunday Ogunwobi, and his family. Ogunwobi is still here 14 years after the first EDM was introduced on his behalf. He was, last time I looked, a Hackney Councillor helping other immigrants to get into Britain and, once here, to stay.

Cohen also signed an EDM condemning the 'lack of care' of Christopher Clunis, a violent, black schizophrenic, 'with a known history of violence and non-attendance of out-patient appointments, who stabbed and killed Jonathan Zito in an unprovoked attack.'

Cohen also signed an EDM commenting on the "suspicious death" of Asian, Ricky Reel.

Despite the 'suspicious' description Cohen and others ascribed to Ricky death in this EDM, the police have never been able to conclude anything other than that Ricky, who was intoxicated at the time of his death, had fallen into the Thames whilst urinating.

Cohen also signed an EDM expressing sympathy for Quaddus Ali.

He signed three EDMs which mentioned Rolan Adams, one of which offered sympathy to his parents, Richard and Audrey, and signed two EDMs mentioning Rohit Duggal.

He signed three EDMs sympathising with illegal immigrant,Joy Gardner, and one commemorating asylum-seeker, Omasese Lumumba.

He also signed EDMs sympathisng with the deaths, in police custody, of Ibrahima Sey, Brian Douglas, Shiji Lapite and Wayne Douglas.

He also signed EDMs sympathising with Alton Manning, Muktar Ahmed and Leon Patterson.

He also signed an EDM in 2004, commemorating Christopher Alder, who was black, and calling for a public enquiry into his death in a Hull police station in 1992.

He also mentioned the deaths of Roger Sylvester, Damilola Taylor and Rocky Bennett several times in Parliament. They were all black.

He also signed an enormous amount of Early Day Motions specifically supportive of asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants. However, he did not sign an EDM critical of Abdullah Azad, however, who had offered to sell UK passports to those whose immigration status was in question.

He also signed another EDM condemning Feltham Young Offenders Institution as 'institutionally racist,' and sympathising with the family of Zahid Mubarek.

Cohen also read out a list, in Parliament, of all the black people who had lost their lives in police custody since 1987, which, Cohen described as giving some cause for concern.

On the floor of the House of Commons, Cohen also mentioned Winston Rose, who died in 1981 and Nicholas Ofusi, who died in 1983. He mentioned Joy Gardner twice in Parliament, Shiji Lapite 8 times and Clinton McCurbin.

He also mentioned the death of black youth, Stephen Lawrence, several times in the House of Commons, and signed 11 of the 13 Early Day Motions commemorating him. He also mentioned Stephen's parents, Neville and Doreen, in two EDMs.

Cohen used the phrase 'institutionalised racism' several times in the House and voted for criminal behaviour to be punished with more severity if that behaviour be 'racially' or 'religiously' aggravated.

However, Cohen never mentioned the murder of his own constituent, Sandra Poole, in the House of Commons, he never signed an EDM commemorating her and he never called for the black man who raped and murdered her to be to be 'punished with more severity' because of the racist nature of the crime committed.

Nor did he ever mention the death of his constituent, 82-year-old Ursula Craddock, at the hands of a black man, or sign an EDM commemorating her. NNor did he ever mention the death in his constituency of 22-year-old Keely Donovan, at the hands of her foreign boyfriend,or sign an EDM commemorating her. Nor did he ever mention the murder of his constituent, Derek Nolan, by a black man, or sign an EDM commemorating him. Nor did he ever mention the murder of his constituent, Mary Davis, by a black man or sign an EDM commemorating her.

In fact, Cohen never signed an EDM commemorating any of the many indigenous Britons murdered by first and second-generation immigrants whilst he was a serving MP. He never ever mentioned any of the many British women and girls who were raped by first and second-generation immigrants in his constituency either.

In an article in The Guardian, published in late 1994, Mike Bennett, Chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, complained of 'a growing feeling in the police force that white, heterosexual officers are an endangered species.'

On 5 February, 1996, Cohen responded tartly to Mike Bennett's comment in the House of Commons, saying:

"Such attitudes need to be tackled".
Between 1 January 1993 and 31 December 2003, there was 1801 deaths in police and prison custody.

182 of these unfortunate folk were black. As has already been shown, Cohen mentioned many of these in parliament. However, he accorded the same respect to no more than acouple of the 1600 or so white, British people who died similarly and he only ever signed one EDM commemorating any of them.

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