The leader of UK Conservatives in the European Parliament, has welcomed the decision by the European Parliament to award the Sakharov Prize for free speech to Pakistani schoolgirl and campaigner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban.
Richard Ashworth MEP, leader of the UK Conservatives in the European Parliament said:
“I fully endorse the decision of the European Parliament to recognize the bravery of Malala Yousafzai; she is a worthy winner of the Sakharov Prize.”
“This decision to award this prize to Malala, sends out a powerful message that women from all over the world, must have the right to education. The bravery of this young woman, and the efforts of all those who saved her life must be recognized. Education must always triumph over medieval brutality”.
The Sakharov Prize is awarded by the European Parliament annually in memory of Soviet physicist and dissident Andrei Sakharov.