Valerie intervenes in debate on Rohingya people of Burma

I intervened during the Adjournment debate on Thursday 4 June 2015 the subject of which was the Rohingya Muslim people of Burma, many of whom have recently tried to flee Burma by boat:

Valerie Vaz (Walsall South) (Lab): I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this important debate. I want to follow on from the point made by the hon. Member for Congleton (Fiona Bruce), who went to Burma with Mr Speaker and me two years ago. Does my hon. Friend agree that this is a classic case for the involvement of the United Nations? Should not the Secretary-General take personal control of this enormous and overwhelming humanitarian crisis?

Jonathan Ashworth: My hon. Friend is absolutely right, and I pay tribute to the work she did in the last Parliament, and I know she will continue to do in this Parliament, on raising the issue of Burma. She has been a strong and persuasive voice. I am pleased that she has got her point, which I agree with and will come to, on the record.