Thomas Cook criticised in Parliament over its child death failings

Mary Creagh
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THOMAS Cook has faced fresh criticism for its role in the death of two Yorkshire children.

Wakefield MP Mary Creagh has tabled a parliamentary motion summing up outrage at the tour operator which was found to have breached a duty of care to Christi and Bobby Shepherd, who died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning on holiday in Corfu in 2006.

Mrs Creagh’s motion criticises Thomas Cook for trying to prevent the inquest into the children’s deaths from taking place and “notes the refusal of former Chief Executive Harriet Green to meet with Sharon Wood and Neil Shepherd, Christi and Bobby’s parents.”

The motion adds that the House notes that “the current Chief Executive of Thomas Cook, Peter Fankhauser said that Thomas Cook had “nothing to apologise for” at the Coroner’s inquest”.

Mrs Creagh MP said: “Thomas Cook’s treatment of the family has been disgraceful.

“Successive Chief Executives refused to meet with the family, they failed to stop the people convicted of Christi and Bobby’s manslaughter being re-employed in Thomas Cook hotels. Thomas Cook even tried to stop the inquest into the children’s deaths taking place.

“This motion sets out the full facts of Thomas Cook’s actions. I want to ensure that Thomas Cook never fail another family.

“Sharon and Neil now want Thomas Cook and the UK government to lead a Europe-wide campaign for improved carbon monoxide safety.”

Thomas Cook has promised to donate £1.5m to a children’s charity following the deaths.