6 2nd Presentation to the New Committee on 11 November 2014

The election of MEPs in July 2014 caused the selection of new members for the Petitions Committee. Fortunately, our main ‘champion’ remained: Latvian Tatjana Zdanoka MEP had been very helpful in getting the issue of state child-snatching put on the agenda and discussed, since Latvian Laila Brice had travelled specifically to see her.

Laila’s daughter had been taken from her by Merton Council in the UK, and her spirited mother hasn’t stopped fighting for her. I visited her Ambassador alongside her after having been in Brussels on 19 March, and eventually her Government formally approached the UK Government – the second only after Slovakia and before Lithuania.

But which country will be next?

The second presentation in November 2014 resulted in lots of verbal support which still needs to be turned into action.

A detailed report of my trip on that occasion is on the McKenzie Friends website:

Bruno Waterfield reported in The Telegraph:

The BBC reported:

Chairperson Cecilia Wikstrom MEP said on camera that this goes against the Charter of Fundamental Rights.