The Rt. Hon. Sir Robert Atkins MEP today launched a campaign in the European Parliament to save British War Graves in Belgium and France from proposed transport developments.

"Belgium wants to extend a motorway through the Ypres/Passchendale Battlefield site and France intends to build an airport on the Somme battlefield" commented Sir Robert, "and I and all my Tory colleagues in the European Parliament are appalled at this insensitive and brutal desecration of our much-revered war graves."

The North West MEP, whose Grandfather fought at Passchendale and on the Somme, initiated and will participate in a British delegation to both the Belgian and French Governments to protest at these proposals.

"Many British people will be deeply shocked and saddened at the prospect of both these battlefields suffering at the hands of the developers, particularly since, in the French case, the Graveyards were given to Britain in perpetuity" he continued. "As a former Minister for both Transport and Planning, I know that there must be alternatives. I urge the Governments of France and Belgium to recognise the deep emotional commitment of British people to these sites and to save their peace and tranquillity from the bulldozer. They gave their lives for us - cannot we give a little for them?"

To see Sir Robert's visit of Ypres and The Menin Gate click here.

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