Tom Blenkinsop, the Labour Member of Parliament for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, has today (27 January 2012) marked Holocaust Memorial Day, joining calls that we must all “speak up and speak out” to prevent the atrocities of the Holocaust and other genocides ever being repeated.
Tom said “We all have a duty to stand up and speak out against all forms of inequality and intolerance, and to remember the millions of lives that were destroyed in the Holocaust and other genocides.
Today, I delivered an assembly at Laurence Jackson School, Guisborough educating students about the Holocaust, ensuring that we never forget what the terrible consequences of hatred can be. Pupils there were asked to read The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Pastor Martin Niemoller’s famous “First they came…” poem.”
Tom also signed the Holocaust Memorial Day Book of Commitment in the House of Commons on Wednesday, whilst his constituency office has held a Holocaust Memorial Day display open to members of the public for the last three weeks.
On Sunday, Tom will be joining fellow Teesside residents in attending the Holocaust Memorial Service at St. Barnabas Church in Linthorpe at 1pm.