PM considers honour for Henning


Published: Wednesday 15th October 2014 by The News Editor

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David Cameron has said he will consider recognising murdered British hostage Alan Henning with a national honour at the request of the taxi driver’s local MP.

Barbara Keeley told the Commons during Prime Minister’s Questions that her constituency had lost a hero who ignored his own safety to take aid to children in need in Syria.

The Labour MP for Worsley and Eccles South went on: “People from across this country have told me that they believe this noble sacrifice should be recognised in some way by a national honour and by support for his widow and children.”

Asked whether Mr Cameron supported this idea, he replied: ” I will look very carefully at the suggestion you make because I think you’re absolutely right that Alan Henning was a hero.

“He went to serve others, he went with no thought of his own safety, but it was about helping other people in their time of need.

“He was an entirely innocent man and the fact he was murdered in such a brutal fashion demonstrates the dreadfulness of the people that we are dealing with in Isil.

“I know that people in Eccles and in Salford miss him greatly. I spoke to his wife and the family have been incredibly brave. You make a very good suggestion which I will take away and look at.”

Hundreds of people attended a memorial service in Manchester at the weekend, including his widow Barbara and children Adam and Lucy.

The 47-year-old was beheaded by Islamic State (IS) militants after he was captured in December while delivering food and supplies to Syrian refugees.

Published: Wednesday 15th October 2014 by The News Editor

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