At a ceremony hosted by the British Tamils Forum on Sunday 26th of April 2015 at Wanstead Rugby Football Club for the former MP and Chair of All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPG for Tamil) Lee Scott, was presented with an award on behalf of the Tamil Community marking his valued contribution to the ongoing campaign.
Lee was given the title “Ambassador of Justice for Tamils” reflecting his tireless hard work as an MP through APPG for Tamils and in bringing together the support of cross party parliamentarians to ensure that the Tamil cause for justice is always at the foremost of discussions here and abroad.
This has made the APPG for Tamils as one of the strongest groups.
Lee is committed to the fight for an International Independent Investigation, and his calls for information on missing people, deportations, recognition of the genocide that occurred has been second to none and he has pledged this will not stop until justice is achieved. Lee has carried this message to the UNHRC in Geneva, through debates at Westminster, meetings with ministers and dignitaries and attending rallies, conferences. He has promised to always be at the side of the Tamil community.
Lee also said the lasting peace to the Island of Sri Lanka is only possible through recognising the right to self-determination of Tamil people.
Lee as a candidate for Ilford North will have the support of the Tamil Community for him to return to the parliament to continue his work for all Communities in Ilford North.
Ilford North Member of Parliament Lee Scott joined members of the British Tamil Forum in Geneva Switzerland at a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council
From 1972-82, Scott was a Director of Scott & Fishell. He was a sales executive for Toshiba from 1982-4, forITT from 1984-6, and for NKR from 1986-8. From 1988-98, he was Campaign Director for the United Jewish Israel Appeal.
He became a professional fundraiser for several notable charities, and has also volunteered with Victim Support. He was selected as the Conservative candidate for Waveney in the 2001 general election but failed to win the seat. He was a councillor in the London Borough of Redbridge.
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Scott has a special interest in autism and created history when he presented a Private Member’s Bill to Parliament dealing with the care of autistic children once they reached adulthood. He was a member of theSelect Committee on transport and is on the Select Committee on Health. In 2008 Scott was shortlisted for the ePolitix Disability Champion Award – for championing the cause of autism in the House of Commons. Scott, Patron of the UK Autism Foundation, was nominated by the charity for his work supporting parents, carers, children and adults with autism and Asperger syndrome across the United Kingdom. He met with Prime Minister Tony Blair and autism campaigner Ivan Corea after he raised the issue of autism in Prime Minister’s Questions.
On 9 December 2010 he abstained from voting on the Higher Tutition Fees Bill, which meant he had to resign his position as an aide to the Transport Secretary, Philip Hammond MP.
During a Parliamentary debate on anti-Semitism in 2014 he complained that he had received several death threats because of his religion, including five in the last year.
Scott married Estelle Dombey in 1987 and has three daughters and two sons. He supports Leyton Orient F.C..
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