Kirsten fights for jailed Neilston man

Billy Irving pictured with wife Yvonne, and son William.
Billy Irving pictured with wife Yvonne, and son William.

Kirsten Oswald MP has met with the Foreign Office Minister, Hugo Swire, to press for UK Government action in relation to Neilston man, Billy Irving, who languishes in prison.

Mr Irving was sentenced to five years imprisonment, after the anti-piracy vessel he was crewing, was arrested by Indian forces.

This week, it has been announced that Billy and his colleagues have been unsuccessful in their application for Bail. They will appeal against this decision, as well as appealing against the guilty verdict which resulted in them being imprisoned in the first place.

Kirsten commented: “Billy was simply doing his job. To find himself in jail, far from home, for doing what he was employed to do – safeguard others – is devastating”.

Kirsten had been heavily involved in pressing for the release of Billy and his colleagues whilst they were on trial, and has committed to continue pushing for a speedy resolution to this very difficult situation.

After meeting with Minister Swire, Kirsten stated: “I am disappointed that I heard nothing new from the Minister or his team.

“Billy and his colleagues are relying on the UK Government to act, and to get them home where they belong. I intend to pursue this matter further, both with the Indian authorities, and at Westminster.

“The Foreign Office must press the Indian Government for an explanation, and it is vital that they also pursue the owners of the anti-piracy vessel, who must surely shoulder some element of responsibility for what has happened to their crew”.