Pat McFadden Labour MP for Wolverhampton South East Pat McFadden MP for Wolverhampton South East
I have co-ordinated a cross-party letter to the Government calling for an official apology for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre which happened in Amritsar 100 years ago. Troops under the command of General Dyer fired 1650 rounds into an unarmed crowd gathered at the Jallianwala Bagh (garden) on the festival of Vaisakhi. This resulted in the death of hundreds of innocent people and injury to many more. Many historians see it as the moment when the movement towards Indian independence became unstoppable. There have been expressions of regret but never a full scale official apology from the UK Government. As we mark the 100th anniversary, those calls for an official apology have grown. They were echoed by a number of MPs from different political parties at a Parliamentary debate on the issue in which I spoke.