Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis made a speech today in which she called on a Spanish member of the European Parliament to apologise to Falkland islanders and to families of the 255 servicemen who died in the defence of the islands.

On an official visit to Argentina, Spanish Socialist MEP Luis Yáñez-Barnuevo García is reported to have said “British sovereignty over the Falkland Islands as such is not accepted by the European parliament”.

In her speech to the European Parliament, the London MEP said that: “it is shameful that at least one member of this house does not accept what even the European Union has classified as a British overseas territory.”

She added that: “it is shameful that this same member ignores the will of the Falkland islanders themselves, who in March this year voted overwhelmingly in favour of retaining their ties with the UK.”

Mrs. Yannakoudakis evoked the memory of Petty Officer David Briggs who was born in her London constituency and perished on the HMS Sheffield and was posthumously awarded a Distinguished Service Medal for his bravery in fighting fires aboard the ship.

She said that: “any member who insults the memory of our fallen with ill-considered comments such as these is not suited to represent this parliament abroad.”

Video of Marina’s speech here: