A group of families suffering from the coronavirus will be allowed to attend the upcoming Conservative Party convention after a U-turn.
The Nyay Abhiyan group for Covid-19 bereaved families was initially told that their application to attend the conference was rejected without explanation.
But the group will now be allowed to participate in the conference, which gives charities, trade unions and campaign groups the opportunity to meet with lawmakers after it was told their initial disapproval was an error.
“Funny that the error was not noticed when we initially sought an explanation for the decision, and only when the news broke in the media,” wrote the Covid-19 bereaved families on Twitter.
He described the initial decision he received from the Conservative Party president’s office six weeks after his application as “outrageous”.
The Conservative Party did not immediately respond GranthshalaT’s request for comment.
The group, which represents the largest of families bereaved by the virus in the UK, has repeatedly tried to hold meetings with government officials, but has not yet met a single Conservative minister.
In September last year, the prime minister said he would “meet anyone” who is “grieved” because of the virus, when during a TV interview the group asked him about a letter requesting a meeting.
But he later said he could not meet them because he was in litigation with the government, which the group called a “poor excuse” and “simply not true”.
However, Mr Johnson visited the National Covid Memorial Wall, which the group had built, but did so without meeting any of its members.
Justice for Covid-19 bereaved families say they hope attending the conference means they will be able to work with the government to prevent tragedies from happening again.
“The Conservative Party has just made a U-turn and decided that we can actually attend their party convention. His initial decision to stop the bereaved families from attending was shameful,” he said.
“And we hope there’s a real acceptance of that and that they’re willing to work with us.”
The Conservative Party conference is scheduled to take place in Manchester from 3 to 6 October.
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