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Elijah Amooti
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Death of The All Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS Chair
Posted on: May 11 2011, 02:04 am


 Hi  All
The HIV Sector has lost a very strong Advocate ,see the communication below may Daid RIP


The All Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS is shocked and saddened to hear of the death of its Chair, David Cairns. David approached the role with passion and rigour, and was widely respected by colleagues in the HIV sector. The group has lost a visionary leader, campaigner and friend. Our thoughts are with his partner and family at this difficult time.

 

David had been ill with acute pancreatitis for some weeks and died in hospital last night.
 

“David is a warm, friendly and non-tribal politician. I've always enjoyed working with David as he's thoughtful and focussed and worked across party lines to make a difference. He'll be really missed”

 

Jenny Willott, Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central and Vice Chair of the APPG

 

“NAT is profoundly sad at the news of the death of David Cairns MP. During his time as Chair David had been a visionary and inspirational leader of the All Party Group and he will be sorely missed by the HIV sector in the UK.”

 

Yusef Azad, Director of Policy at the National AIDS trust.

 

“David was an outstanding advocate for people living with HIV, and someone we got to know well through his work as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on AIDS.  David was compassionate, urgent, and practical in his thinking, a man who inspired support from all corners of parliament. The international AIDS community has lost one of its most talented parliamentary leaders exactly at a moment when such energy and leadership is needed most. We will miss him deeply.”

 

Ben Simms, Director, UK Consortium on AIDS and International Development

 

“He was a lovely man who never let the fact that we were on different sides of the political spectrum get in the way of the best interests of the APPG.” Pauline Latham, OBE, Conservative MP for mid-Derbyshire and Vice Chair of the APPG

 

"David Cairns was a passionate campaigner on HIV and AIDS. He had a way of enthusing his parliamentary colleagues on any issue he took to his own heart - which was wonderful for us as HIV campaigners. Thanks to David, suddenly we had a new cohort of supporters willing to speak in debates, table questions and meet Ministers. He was incredibly intelligent and would get to the nub of a political issue in seconds. We have lost a great campaigner."

 

Veronica Oakeshott former Policy Adviser to the APPG on HIV and AIDS who worked with David in 2010

 

The vice chairs of the All Party Group will be helping to continue the work on raising the profile of HIV and AIDS in parliament - work which mattered very much to David.
 

 

Heather Alcock

Policy Adviser

All Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS

0207 219 5670
heather.alcock@parliament.uk
http://www.appghivaids.org.uk

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