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Ambassador sees off homebound Brits

Ambassador sees off homebound Brits

Published: 21 Apr 2010 15:54 GMT+02:00
Updated: 21 Apr 2010 15:54 GMT+02:00

The British Ambassador to Sweden, Andrew Mitchell, is visiting Stockholm Arlanda Airport on Wednesday as the first BA flight ferries stranded Brits back to the UK.

"We are doing our best to look after UK nationals and I wanted to take the opportunity to talk to people about their experiences and problems over the past five days," Andrew Mitchell told The Local on Wednesday.

The ambassador encouraged all those stranded in Stockholm to keep in close contact with their airlines who have the primary responsibility for offering help.

"We are continually updating information on the embassy website and would encourage people to contact us in the incidence of an emergency, especially those with medical issues," Mitchell said.

While it is unknown just how many Brits remain stranded in the Swedish capital, the embassy has fielded around 200 calls since Monday.

"We are working to organise some coaches to take UK nationals to the English Channel ports and the government has secured an extra 20,000 places on Eurostar trains and ferries to get people home," the ambassador said, while emphasising that the plans were as yet not finalized.

When asked whether the departure of the first British Airways flight from Arlanda since the aviation problems began last week signified a beginning of the end to the chaos, Andrew Mitchell urged caution.

"It is very difficult to say as the situation is very much subject to change. The British authorities have today deemed that the density of ash over the UK makes it okay to fly, but it is difficult to ascertain any stable position."

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18:21 April 21, 2010 by byke
So let me understand this correctly, the British Ambassador to Sweden is going to Arlanda after this problem appears to have ended? And is basically going to the airport to try and listen to "constructive criticism" ? I seriously question the value of such a employee of the state.
03:50 April 22, 2010 by Davey-jo
As a UK national I can only say that Sweden can detain, bash and generally mash up any UK national it sees fit. I don't care. Delay them as much as you can. They will only vote Tory when they get here and we don't want that do we? Put them on a train to Finland that should shut them up. They don't even know Finland exists ....
10:53 April 22, 2010 by hunnysnowbee
@Davey-jo

I won't be voteing tory. In fact I wont be voteing anything, because their all liars who promise you everything then once in just screw the country up even more and basically do what the hell they like!

Oh, plus I know Finland exists......give me a gold star! :p
13:06 April 22, 2010 by Audrian
Re hunnysnowbee

Do you think that the rise of the liberal part might erode the grip to power by the two major political parties and probably give to rise to the creation of new parties which have the common people at heart?
12:53 April 23, 2010 by hunnysnowbee
Sadly no. I would love to see a different party other than Tory or Labour get in, just to see if we do see any improvements. Unfortunatly, certainly where I come from, (Wales), people tend to vote labour simply because, "Well my parents always voted labour, and their parents before them, so i will always vote labour too!" In fact, and I am now 34, I don't think I have ever known anything other than labour to be voted in, in the town I come from. Seems a very narrow minded, miss informed and blinkered way of thinking, (if not silly even) to me.

When i have voted in the past I have voted liberal because I once knew a lady who ran for councelor in my area for them. She was a very down to earth lady, who really did have the best intentions for comunity at heart.
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