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Darling boosts bid to honour fire hero

posted 19 Jul 2010, 02:50 by David Rintoul   [ updated 19 Jul 2010, 03:07 ]

Former chancellor Alistair Darling has called on officials to fast-track a gallantry award for tragic fireman Ewan Williamson.

The Edinburgh South West Labour MP backed the Evening News campaign for the 35 year old to be honoured with a Queen's Gallantry Medal and filed a formal nomination last November after a public petition gathered thousands of signatures.

But the nomination has been delayed while police and the Health and Safety Executive probe the circumstances of Ewan's death.

He lost his life fighting flames in Edinburgh's Balmoral Bar last July, during which 20 people - including a baby - were saved from the flats above the Dalry pub.