MP joins tributes to New Zealand shooting victims

LOCAL MP David Mundell has signed a book of condolence in the aftermath of the horrific mosque shootings in New Zealand.

He this week visited the New Zealand High Commission in London where he wrote a message on behalf of the people of Scotland.

Mr Mundell visited the Commonswealth country last year in his role as Scottish Secretary as part of an initiative to build on already strong cultural and trade links.

An Australian man has been charged with murder following the shootings at two mosques in Christchurch which left 50 people dead and dozens wounded.

In a letter to the New Zealand High Commissioner Sir Jerry Mataparae, Mr Mundell wrote: "It was particularly poignant for me, having visited New Zealand and Christchurch last year and found such a warm welcome.

"Friday's outrage seems to me to be the antithesis of everything New Zealand stands for and why it brings such pain to your citizens."

He added: "I grew up in Lockerbie and so I do feel particularly for the people of Christchurch, when something of this nature, a global terrorist attack, happens in a community to which it is completely alien."