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Father of Warrington bomb victim criticises decision to grant peerage to former MEP who 'defended' IRA

Colin Parry

A FATHER who lost his child in the IRA Warrington bombing has criticised a decision to grant a peerage to a politician who he said 'defended' the paramilitary group.

Colin Parry, whose 12-year-old son Tim was killed in the 1993 attack, yesterday said he was "offended" by the move to offer former Brexit party MEP Claire Fox a peerage.

At the time, she was a leading figure of the Revolutionary Communist Party which defended "the right of the Irish people to take whatever measures are necessary in their struggle for freedom".

In a tweet, the peace campaigner said Ms Fox "never apologised never apologised for defending the IRA bombing of Warrington which took the life of my son Tim and Johnathan Ball. Now she is offered a Peerage. This offends me and many others deeply."

However, Ms Fox hit back yesterday to deny she had defended the IRA. She pointed out she had issued a statement some years ago that said: "Contrary to what has been reported elsewhere, I do not support or defend the IRA’s killing of two young boys in Warrington in 1993. I have not mentioned the horrific times of over 23 [now 27] years ago since then and do not believe there is any justification for violence in Ireland today."

Claire Fox

She added: "The killing of Johnathan Ball and Tim Parry was a terrible tragedy… The 1994 IRA ceasefire and the 1998 Good Friday Agreement drew a line under the conflict. It is surely time to move on."

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