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Gloria De Piero with Pat and Ray Martin

Gloria continues fight for justice for Claire Martin

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Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero has again quizzed the Foreign Office on whether ministers will meet with a Sutton couple whose daughter died in Italy after receiving no answer to previous requests for a meeting.

During Foreign Office questions in Parliament on Tuesday (October 18,) Gloria asked the new Minister for Europe, Sir Alan Duncan, if he would reply to her letter and agree to meet with Pat and Ray Martin.

Their daughter Claire died from stab wounds to the neck in March 2012 while she was living in southern Italy with her partner and baby boy.

Italian authorities passed a verdict of suicide but the Martins have never accepted that Claire would have killed herself in this way and are fighting to get the case re-examined.

Speaking in the Commons, Gloria said: “I cannot stop raising this matter until the Martin family from my constituency get the support that they deserve.”

She added: “Will the new ministerial team reply to my letter and agree to a meeting with the Martins?”

In reply, Sir Alan said: “We have a dedicated consular team that often has to deal with issues of this sort. I will undertake to write to the hon. Lady.

“If she wants to come to see me and consular officials, I would be happy to arrange such a meeting.”

In April this year Gloria wrote to the then Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and Minister for Europe requesting a meeting to be held between the Foreign Office and the Martins and for documents from the investigation into Claire’s death to be translated into English.

When there was a change of personnel in the Foreign Office in the summer following Theresa May’s appointment as Prime Minister, Gloria wrote to Sir Alan, again requesting a meeting.

Despite confirmation that the letter had been received, no date for this meeting has yet been arranged.

The Martins are also still awaiting a date for a meeting in Italy with the magistrate who presides over the area south of Naples where Claire died.

Gloria said: “Pat and Ray Martin have been through hell this past four-and-a-half years, first losing their beloved daughter in such a horrific manner and then finding the British government of little use in helping them find out why and how she died.

“I will continue to campaign and ask questions of the Foreign Office on their behalf until we get answers to some of the many questions they have.”

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