Chagos Islands

I'm proud to serve as the Vice Chair of the Chagos All-Party Parliamentary Group.

The Chagos islanders, British citizens, were exiled from their homeland in 1968 by Orders in Council under Prime Minister Harold Wilson. The decision did not come through Parliament. A great injustice was done at that time, and while we cannot turn the clock back, we can start to right those wrongs.

Crawley is home to a large Chagossian community and this is an issue I’ve consistently pursued since even before my election to Parliament in 2010. I’ll continue to pursue this cause with the Government.

News

Henry Smith MP to introduce Chagos Islands British Nationality Bill

Henry Smith MP will introduce legislation in the House of Commons next week to allow individuals descended from the Chagos Islands to register as British citizens in recognition of the fact that their parents and grandparents were forcibly exiled from this UK Overseas Territory.

Henry Smith MP champions Chagos call

Henry Smith MP has spoken in Parliament calling for the right of Chagos Islanders, living in Crawley and around the world, to return to their homeland in the British Indian Ocean Territory.