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ΚΥΠΕ - ΚΥΠΡΟΣ/Λευκωσία 20/09/2018 22:05


Tom Cox – True Friend of Cyprus

The National Federation of Cypriots in the UK would like to express its deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Tom Cox – a former Member of Parliament and outstanding friend of Cyprus.

Tom Cox was one of the greatest and most active friends of Cyprus, he was a tireless campaigner advocating for the end of the occupation of 37% of the island by Turkey, the return of refugees to their homes, and for the freedom of Cyprus. Mr Cox gave a passionate voice in Parliament to Cypriot refugees, the relatives of Cyprus’ missing persons and the enclaved.

Mr Cox was born on 24 January 1930 and graduated from the London School of Economics before becoming an electrical worker. Mr Cox then worked for Fulham Borough Council (where his father had once been Mayor of Fulham) and served as a councillor on Hammersmith and Fulham Council early in his political career. He then became the Member of Parliament for Wandsworth Central
from 1970-1974 and, after boundary changes saw that constituency abolished, he served as Member of Parliament for Tooting from 1974-2005. He also served as a Government Whip in James Callaghan’s Government.

His passion towards Cyprus began after he visited the island with a cross-party delegation of British MPs immediately after the invasion by Turkey in 1974. During the trip, he visited refugee camps near the village of Achna and witnessed the awful conditions that the refugees lived in and heard their stories of the invasion and about their relatives who were still missing.

This visit to Cyprus had a major impact on Mr Cox and he would regularly speak to his colleagues in Parliament and the Council of Europe about his experience.

Mr Cox worked closely with the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK, its Presidents and Executive Secretary over many years. Throughout his political career, he inspired Members of Parliaments and many others to become involved with the just cause of Cyprus. Mr Cox was Chair of the Britain-Cyprus Committee, Chair of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (Cyprus), and a member of the ‘Friends of Cyprus’.

He, together with Labour MPs Eddie O’Hara, Sir Alan Meale, Norman Atkinson, Rudi Vis, Bill Etherington, Jimmy Hood and Barbara Roche, as well as Conservative MPs Sir Roger Gale, Dr Ian Twinn, Cyril Townsend, Sir Sydney Chapman, John Marshal and Robin Squire initiated dozens of Early Day Motions in the House of Commons urging Governments and MPs from all political parties to help Cyprus.

Tom regularly asked questions to the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary about whether the British Government was doing enough to help end the occupation of Cyprus.

His cooperation with the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK saw him participate in countless anti-occupation rallies on the anniversary of the illegal Turkish invasion of Cyprus in July where he spoke passionately in front of thousands in Trafalgar Square. Before one of his addresses in Trafalgar Square, Mr Cox was presented with a special plaque by the Federation in recognition of his enormous contribution.

Mr Cox also frequently engaged with the Federation’s member associations including the Greek Cypriot Brotherhood’s
‘Dinner for Independence’ where he was an ever-present between 1984-2014 – the Foreign Minister of Cyprus also attended
this event as a guest every year.

Furthermore, as an Honorary Citizen of both Morphou and Famagusta, he took part in both towns’ anti-occupation demonstrations in Cyprus.

Tom Cox was a passionate, clear and formidable voice in Parliament for a free, united Cyprus. His commitment for Cyprus shall be remembered and his exceptional contribution is greatly appreciated. The UK Cypriot community and Cyprus shall always hold
Tom Cox in the very highest honour
.
May his memory be eternal.
 

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