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Like Kate Nicholls ('Pay attention to seafarers', May 2020 Telegraph), Nautilus member Mike Ridehalgh has written to his MP about crew relief and repatriation during the pandemic –helping his Union to keep up the pressure on the UK government. Sarah Robinson reports
Retired radio officer Mike Ridehalgh is a long-standing trade unionist who sat on the Council of the Nautilus predecessors REOU and NUMAST, and he wants to encourage other members to add their voices to the crew relief campaign.
His MP, David Jones, submitted a parliamentary question on the matter after receiving the letter below, but Mr Ridehalgh is not satisfied with the reply from Foreign and Commonwealth Office minister Nigel Adams: 'It's just a lip-service answer saying the FCO can assist if asked'.
He has therefore written a follow-up letter, and is also attempting to get a question into the government's daily televised coronavirus press conference.
'Anyone can do this,' he stresses. 'Just go to www.gov.uk/ask. The more questions we can have asked on the subject, the more pertinent it becomes – it's all about pressure.'
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We must not forget our seafarers; their families are too spread-out to effectively protest their situation, so something must be done at national level. Nautilus member and retired radio officer Mike Ridehalgh