An MP claimed in Parliament that a Huddersfield student was murdered.

Barry Sheerman, the town’s MP, used a Commons debate to claim that Jane Khalaf was murdered in Germany after having her drink spiked.

And the Labour MP has criticised German police for not investigating the death.

The Examiner exclusively revealed that 19-year-old Jane, a former Shelley College student, died on November 20, eight days after she was put on a life-support machine after collapsing at Cologne’s St Marien Hospital.

She was in the German city on a placement from Newcastle's Northumbria University, where she was studying politics.

She told friends she thought someone had put something in her drink while out celebrating the city’s carnival.

Her parents Khalil and Rojin, of Shelley, who run Huddersfield’s Med One restaurant, maintained a vigil at her hospital bedside.

They have also complained about the lack of help from the German authorities.

 

Speaking in the Commons, Mr Sheerman hit out at the handling of the case by police in Cologne as he called for help from the Foreign Office.

Raising a point of order following Foreign Office question time, Mr Sheerman told Speaker John Bercow: “I wonder if you could give me some guidance.

“A young girl in my constituency has been tragically murdered in Cologne. There is no police investigation although there is every evidence that her drink was spiked - she was poisoned.

“There has been no police investigation and no help for the family.

“There’s not another Foreign Office questions for another month. How do you advise me that I can raise this issue in the House?”

Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman
 

Mr Bercow replied that Mr Sheerman could write to a Foreign Office minister, adding: “You have effectively raised your point through ruse of the use, and some would say the rather gentle abuse, of the point of order procedure.

“Foreign Office ministers will have heard your utterance.”

Outside the Commons Mr Sheerman said: “Had this happened in Britain, there would have been a detailed pllice investigation into possible murder or manslaughter charges.

“I have had a chat with Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and am going to give him all the details of the case as we have them.

“To me, if a drink is spiked and causes death then that is a case of poisoning”.