MP Stephen Metcalfe joins tribute to Charlie Hebdo

ROBERT Halfon, MP for Harlow, Bob Russell, MP for Colchester, Stephen Metcalfe, MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, and John Whittingdale, MP for Maldon, joined other Parliamentarians today at the stroke of midday in paying special tribute to those who lost their lives in the shooting at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris on Wednesday.

Robert Halfon said: "It was incredibly important to honour the victims of the shooting with a 2-minute silence today in Parliament. We need to insure that the values of freedom of expression, religious tolerance, opportunity and the rule of law continue to flourish and that appeasement of terrorism in the guise of extreme islamism will never be tolerated. I was proud to represent Harlow in Parliament today. My thoughts go out to the people of France."

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