Terror attack survivors win PM’s support
A GROUP of survivors of different terror attacks, including a woman from Ashford who was injured in the London bombings on July 7, 2005, has met the Prime Minister in a quest for compensation.
At a lunchtime meeting last Wednesday Gordon Brown promised to help them.
Beverli Rhodes, who lives in Kennington and was injured when a bomb exploded in a train under Russell Square on 7/7, said: “The meeting was extremely positive.”
She is hopeful for action from the Prime Minister.
Ms Rhodes said: “If there is a way he can find to negotiate then he will. It’s wonderful. He’s on board and 100 per cent supportive.”
The survivors of different terror campaigns recently united to form the Survivors Coalition Foundation.
Ms Rhodes said: “We have joined together as one strong survivor group, which is the first time ever.”
The coalition is asking for £1.3 million for each survivor and £3 million for each bereaved family.
Initially the claim is for victims of IRA terror attacks but Ms Rhodes hopes this will set a precedent for all survivors and victims.
On Sunday it will be 20 years since a bomb exploded on a Pan Am jumbo jet with 258 passengers on board over the town of Lockerbie, near the Scottish borders.
Ms Rhodes said: “I think it’s the right time to be doing this sort of thing in this particular week when we remember the survivors and the bereaved of Lockerbie.”