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Former Bromsgrove doctor stepping back from Lockerbie campaign
5:00pm Friday 11th October 2013 in News
JUSTICE: Former Churchfields doctor Jim Swire says he is taking a step back from the campaign to get justice for his daughter. Ref:s
A FORMER Bromsgrove doctor, who has tirelessly campaigned for justice for his daughter who died in the Lockerbie bombing, says he is stepping back from the spotlight.
Dr Jim Swire, formerly of Pikes Pool Lane and whose daughter Flora was among the 270 victims killed in the atrocity, has spent more than two decades attempting to uncover the truth.
His 23-year-old daughter, a medical student, was on board the Pan Am flight which terrorists blew up above the Scottish town in December 1988.
In the aftermath of the tragedy Dr Swire, who now lives in Chipping Campden, became the most prominent spokesman for British families affected by the attack, speaking on behalf of the UK Families Flight 103 Group.
But Dr Swire, who also wrote a book called For Flora, has now decided to take a step back from the limelight after 25 years, to see more of his family.
“It doesn’t mean I’m going to disappear from the face of the planet - I just want to get out of being the initiator of so much of the action,” he said.
“At times it’s been exhausting. I was doing about 20 or 30 interviews in a day.”
The tragedy has been back in the news in recent years after the death of the only man ever to have been convicted of the atrocity, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, and the hope new information would be released after the revolution that toppled Muammar Gaddafi’s Libya.
But the former partner at Churchfields Surgery has always argued al-Megrahi was used as a scapegoat and that Libya was a side issue; suspecting Iranian involvement.
Dr Swire added: “Campaigning has been my way of coping with the bereavement. It’s given me something worthwhile to do.
“The problem is, it’s too time consuming. I need to spend more time with my family.”
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