WETHERBY MP Alec Shelbrooke has called on the British Embassy in the Philippines to “pull their finger out,” in a bid to speed up Billy Burton’s release.
Billy’s fight for freedom has progressed further this week with the news the Filipino Board of Pardons has been to interview him as part of his pre-clemency application review.
Mr Shelbrooke praised the efforts of the campaign team but feels British Embassy staff in Manila must work harder.
“We have the support of the Government which is massive,” he said.
“To get Jeremy Browne to write a letter like he did doesn’t happen very often. It’s now down to the British Embassy over there to pull their finger out, that’s what is slowing up the process at the moment.”
Mr Shelbrooke is in the process of organising a meeting with Mr Browne for a follow-up in the coming weeks.
If that is unproductive, he opened up the possibility of raising his situation in Parliament at Prime Minister’s Question Time.
“It’s something I am keeping in reserve,” he added.
“I will raise it if I think it will help his cause but at this moment in time we are working behind the scenes. That has seemed to have worked so far.”
Meanwhile Billy’s cousin Angela Morris said her family was worried about his health, which had deteriorated in recent weeks.
“He has been advised by the doctor that he should be admitted so that a pulmonary specialist and an internist and the allergologist could see him,” she said.
“Although his nasal passages are now better, his ears are impacted, his pharynx inflamed and he has had trouble breathing.”
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