Linlithgow and East Falkirk MP, Michael Connarty pledged his allegiance to the privilege of free speech last week at Westminster.
Alongside other MPs, staff and officers of the UK Parliament, together with journalists from the TV, radio and the print media filled Westminster Hall, the largest hall in the Parliament, for a minute’s silence in respect for and solidarity with the journalists at Charlie Hebdo and the people of France.
Many people, appalled at the atrocity and the attack on the right to free speech, including Michael held their pens and their signs to show solidarity and a determination to defend the freedom of speech of the media.
Michael said:“Freedom of speech and expression is the cornerstone of a free and democratic society.
“Though the satirical media, and often the mainstream media can be uncomfortable in the opinions they express, we must defend their right to speak out.
“There is no justification for the attack on Charlie Hebdo’s staff.
“I was pleased that so many turned out to show their solidarity in Westminster Hall.
“The minutes silence was moving and very dignified. I was glad I could be there.”
David Cameron has asked Britain’s counter-terrorism police to continue their work with the military to ensure that troops can be called out anywhere in Britain in the event of a Paris-style terrorist attack.
The prime minister warned last Sunday that Britain needs to be on alert.