POLITICS
25/11/2019 19:21 GMT | Updated 26/11/2019 11:36 GMT

Harry Dunn's Parents Urge Voters To Unseat Dominic Raab, Arguing He Is 'Not Worthy Of Office'

Anger at foreign secretary over 19-year-old's death and claims of diplomatic immunity afforded to woman allegedly involved.

The parents of Harry Dunn have said Dominic Raab is “not worthy of holding public office” as they urged voters in the foreign secretary’s constituency to oust him from the seat.

Tim Dunn and Charlotte Charles, whose son Harry died almost three months ago, are set to put pressure on the minister in the Esher and Walton constituency over their frustration at his handling of their son’s case.

The 19-year-old’s family planned to confront the Conservative candidate on Monday evening while calling on locals to vote for a Liberal Democrat hopeful contesting the seat.

Dunn and Charles have previously criticised the Tory candidate and the family’s lawyers have sought legal action against the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

Harry was killed when his motorbike was involved in a head-on crash with a car outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on August 27.

Anne Sacoolas, the motorist allegedly responsible for the crash, claimed diplomatic immunity and was allowed to return to the US, sparking an international controversy.

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Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab (centre left) attends a hustings at East Molesey Methodist Church in his constituency.

Dunn was unable to enter Raab’s hustings due to overcrowding, which led to him and other supporters heckling the foreign secretary outside.

A crowd booed and branded Raab a “coward” as he left East Molesey Methodist Church in an official car, after the event where he and other candidates aimed to appeal to local constituents.

A claim by the family, which alleged that the granting of diplomatic immunity to Sacoolas was “wrong in law”, was met with strong resistance from the FCO – which told the family it would oppose and seek costs for any legal action.

In a statement ahead of the Surrey constituency visit, Dunn and Charles said: “Although we do not take part in any form of party politics, we invite people, irrespective of how they normally vote, to consider very carefully how they cast their vote on 12th December.

“This is not about left or right. It’s about trust and right versus wrong.

“People will need to form their own judgements of course but given our experience of Mr Raab’s behaviour, we strongly believe that he is not worthy of holding public office.

“We would hate for any family to suffer at his hands as we have. We would encourage the constituency to vote for his strongest challenger who we understand is Monica Harding.”

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Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, parents of British teen Harry Dunn who was killed in a car crash on his motorcycle.

The statement added: “They and the nation need to know the real facts of what has happened and the disgraceful manner in which Mr Raab has behaved and we look forward to meeting with them. Harry would expect nothing less of us.”

Dunn and Charles said they plan to confront the foreign secretary on why he “steadfastly refuses to publicly call for Mrs Sacoolas to be returned to the UK”.

They said: “We are not political people. Whatever political thoughts we hold we generally keep to ourselves.

“But the enormity and shocking nature of what has happened to us have left us feeling compelled to come to Esher and Walton this evening in the midst of the current election campaign.

“We feel that his handling of our situation has been so outrageously dishonourable and disrespectful that we have a duty to respectfully bring these matters to the direct attention of that local community that have until now voted him into this position.”

During their visit to the constituency on Monday evening, Mr Dunn and Mrs Charles are due to call on voters to back Monica Harding, a Liberal Democrat candidate hoping to unseat Mr Raab.