When David met Benny

When David met Benny

Meridian Regional News,

Meridian Tonight, Jul 13 2010


David Cameron is enjoying a surge in popularity. Not with his constituents or even in Britain but thousands of miles away in one of the most unlikely places.

An unexpected meeting with tribal leader, Benny Wenda, in his Oxfordshire constituency has led to the Prime Minister being hailed a hero in West Papua, part of Indonesia with a population of nearly 3 million.

Benny Wenda has been given political asylum here in Britain after he was jailed for demonstrating for his country's freedom from Indonesia. He now hopes David Cameron can make the West Papuan dream come true. He's been talking to our Features Editor Reshma Rumsey.

Benny Wenda was interviewed in a feature last night for ITV Meridian News on David Cameron’s unexpected popularity thousands of miles away in West Papua.

Following a meeting between Benny Wenda and David Cameron last year, set up through one of Cameron’s Witney constituents Madeleine White, West Papuans have been hopeful that he will listen to their cries for help and support their right to self-determination.