Politicians urge FIA to cancel Bahrain Grand Prix

Updated: February 9, 2012

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The FIA have been urged to cancel the Bahrain Grand Prix by seven members of the House of Lords and another leading British politician.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Lord Ahmed of Rotherham, Lord Alton, Lord Avebury, Lord Hylton, Lord Boswell, Baroness Falkner of Margravine and Green Party leader Caroline Lucas voiced their concerns in a letter to The Times.

February 14, 2011 was named the “Day of Rage” in Bahrain and the eight politicians claim violence is still rife in the island kingdom.

The group believes the FIA should act and ban the country from hosting a Grand Prix on April 22, 2012.

The letter to the Times read: The letter read: “We note with concern the decision by Formula One to go ahead with the race in Bahrain scheduled for April.

“The continued political crisis in Bahrain is a troubling source of instability in the Gulf region, and the lack of any move towards political reconciliation concerns those who wish to see Bahrain move in the direction of greater democratic accountability.

“It was hoped the recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) would provide a starting point for political reform which both government and opposition forces could agree upon.

“However, two months on we see an entrenchment of the positions of both sides which risks letting more extreme voices dictate the progress of the conflict.

“Given the current dire situation, with daily street protests and the deaths of more civilians, we do not believe that the time is right for Formula One to return to Bahrain.”

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