Andrea Leadsom issues plea to Donald Trump over Harry Dunn suspect

Former business secretary and South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom has appealed to Donald Trump to ensure the suspect accused of killing Harry Dunn faces trial.

In a direct on-camera plea for the US President to personally intervene to help the teenage biker's relatives, Mrs Leadsom urged the billionaire businessman to think of his own family members.

Speaking to the media in Brackley, near the Northamptonshire air base where Harry was killed on August 27 last year, Mrs Leadsom said: "Today is an incredibly sad day for Harry's family and friends.

"I never had the pleasure of meeting him myself but over the last year, having met on a number of times with his family, I can see how very, very loved Harry Dunn was.

"This is such a difficult time for his family. Precisely because – not that anybody deliberately hurt him or set out to be careless or to drive carelessly – but that something terrible happened and the person who caused Harry's death has walked away with the help and support of the United States government.

"And that simply cannot be allowed to stand."

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Undated family handout file photo of Harry Dunn. Harry Dunn's mother, Charlotte Charles, has marked the anniversary of her son's death by saying his name is "forever written into history" � and vowed to carry on his family's fight for justice.
Andrea Leadsom MP and Harry Dunn family spokesman Radd Seiger arrive to speak to the media in Brackley, Northamptonshire, where the MP called on Donald Trump to personally intervene to ensure suspect Anne Sacoolas faces trial over teenager Harry Dunn's death a year ago.
File photo dated 09/10/19 of Charlotte Charles, the mother of Harry Dunn, speaking to the media after leaving the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, where she met Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab. Harry Dunn's mother, Charlotte Charles, has marked the anniversary of her son's death by saying his name is "forever written into history" � and vowed to carry on his family's fight for justice.
Harry Dunn family spokesman Radd Seiger (left), Harry's mother Charlotte Charles (centre) and her partner Bruce Charles, speak with Andrea Leadsom MP (right) in Brackley, Northamptonshire, where the MP called on Donald Trump to personally intervene to ensure suspect Anne Sacoolas faces trial over teenager Harry Dunn's death a year ago.
File photo dated 20/12/19 of Harry Dunn's mother Charlotte Charles (centre) and stepfather Bruce Charles (left) outside the Ministry Of Justice in London after meeting with the Director of Public Prosecutions. Harry Dunn's mother, Charlotte Charles, has marked the anniversary of her son's death by saying his name is "forever written into history" � and vowed to carry on his family's fight for justice.
File photo dated 15/10/19 of the entrance to RAF Croughton, in Northamptonshire, near where Harry Dunn, 19, died when his motorbike was involved in a head-on collision in August last year. One year on from his death, the family of Harry Dunn continue to fight for justice in a case which has sparked diplomatic tensions between Washington and London.
File photo dated 23/04/20 of US President Donald Trump, who was told to "reconsider its position" on the immunity given to 42-year-old suspect Anne Sacoolas, following a road crash outside a US military base in Northamptonshire which resulted in teenage motorcyclist Harry Dunn's death. One year on from his death, the family of Harry Dunn continue to fight for justice in a case which has sparked diplomatic tensions between Washington and London.
Tim Dunn (far right) and his wife Tracey Dunn (second right), as they gather with friends and family at Portland Bill to scatter his son's ashes in his favourite place in Weymouth, Dorset, a month before the anniversary of his death.
File photo dated 20/12/19 of the family of Harry Dunn (left to right) mother Charlotte Charles, stepfather Bruce Charles, family spokesman Radd Seiger and father Tim Dunn. Harry Dunn's parents have dropped their legal claim against Northamptonshire Police after concluding the force are "absolved of any blame" following their son's death.
Harry Dunn's mother Charlotte Charles arrives at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Westminster, London, for a meeting with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.
Cardboard cutout of Northampton Town fan Harry Dunn who died in a car crash last August is seen in the stands during the Sky Bet League Two play-off semi final first leg match at the PTS Academy Stadium, Northampton.
Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom and Harry Dunn's mother Charlotte Charles outside South Northamptonshire Council offices in Towcester, after they met following the news that the US have refused to extradite Anne Sacoolas who is charged with causing his death in a road collision outside RAF Croughton in August last year.
A motorbike convoy makes it's way through the village of Charlton after following Harry Dunn's last ride as a tribute to the teenager who died when his motorbike was involved in a head-on collision near RAF Croughton, in Northamptonshire in August.
Charlotte Charles (left), the mother of Harry Dunn, Bruce Charles, and Tracey Dunn speak to media after a motorbike convoy followed Harry Dunn's last ride through Brackley as a tribute to the teenager who died when his motorbike was involved in a head-on collision near RAF Croughton, Northamptonshire, in August.
Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police, Nick Adderley (centre) and Superintendent Sarah Johnson speaking during a press conference at Northamptonshire Police HQ at Wootton Hall Park, Northampton about the death of Harry Dunn.
Harry Dunn's Auntie Katie Grant (right) and Nicola Watson tie a Green Ribbons which are being made be members of the village of Charlton, Oxfordshire in memory of 19-year-old Harry Dunn who died while out riding his Green motorcycle near RAF Croughton.
Please Drive on Left signs and arrows have been placed on the B4031 road outside RAF Croughton, in Northamptonshire, where Harry Dunn, 19, died when his motorbike was involved in a head-on collision in August.
(Left to right) Bruce Charles and Charlotte Charles (Harry's mother), lawyer Radd Seiger, Tim Dunn (Harry's father) and Tracey Dunn at a press conference at the Parker New York Hotel in New York, US, where Charlotte Charles said that Anne Sacoolas, the American woman suspected of causing her son's death, should be brought back to the UK to face justice.
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As dozens of bikers assembled nearby to pay their own tribute to Mr Dunn on the anniversary of his death, Mrs Leadsom issued a plea to President Trump to take a personal interest in the case.

Appealing for the president to ensure that suspect Anne Sacoolas – who returned to the US after claiming diplomatic immunity – faces a virtual trial, Mrs Leadsom pointed out that he has previously met with Mr Dunn's parents.

The MP told reporters: "He knows what they're going through – I know he is very sympathetic to their situation.

"So I want to make a real appeal to you Mr President – please give this family closure. Give them the virtual trial and the justice that they are demanding for their son Harry."

Family members were also present at the site, and spoke to Mrs Leadsom for several minutes before and after she made her plea to President Trump.

The US State Department issued a statement on Thursday in which it again offered its sincere condolences and sympathy to the Dunn family.

After pointing out that the United States government had declined the UK's extradition request, the statement said it would continue to engage with British counterparts to find a reasonable resolution.

Family spokesman Radd Seiger spoke after Mrs Leadsom, telling members of the media: "Today is the first anniversary of Harry Dunn's passing and it's been an incredibly painful year for the family.

"I guess today is just as painful as any other day and, like Andrea said, I admire this family – their courage and their fortitude in the face of the most appalling adversity."

Referring to the statement from authorities in the US which he said could signal the start of discussions between Washington and London, Mr Seiger added: "That's given the parents a real boost today.

"We are not getting carried away... but we are incredibly positive and optimistic today – more so than ever that there will be justice for Harry."

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