Graham Watson MEP

Liberal Democrat Member of the European Parliament for South West England and Gibraltar

A local champion with an international reputation

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Statement by Sir Graham Watson MEP, Friday 18 January 2013

This statement was issued at 08:30am on Friday 18 January. Due to the severe weather conditions in South West England that day and subsequent inaccessibility of the office.

I reiterate my profuse apologies for the tweet I issued at 8 pm yesterday. It was ill advised, insensitive and rash and I regret the offence it caused.

I wrote it at the end of a busy day in Parliament in Strasbourg with no knowledge of how news of the hostage crisis in Algeria had developed throughout the day and unaware that the Foreign Secretary was in Australia.

In hindsight I recognise that the Prime Minister was absolutely right to postpone his Europe speech in order to deal with a fast deteriorating situation involving the lives of UK citizens.

I realise it will be of little comfort to the families of those killed or captured but I wish nonetheless to express my sincere condolences to them.