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Labour candidate Amran Hussain defends selfie-stick picture on beach where Tunisian massacre

The Independent logo The Independent 29/06/2015 Alice Harrold

A Labour candidate during the general election has defended his actions after being criticised for posting a selfie taken at the site of last week’s massacre in Tunisia.

Amran Hussain, an army reservist and national delivery officer for NHS England, was staying with friends in the hotel adjacent to the Imperial Marhaba hotel in Sousse when the attack took place on Friday 26 June.

Thirty-eight people including many Britons were killed by a gunman with links to Islamic State at the Tunisian beach resort. So far 13 British victims have been named.

Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty: Labour candidate, Amran Hussain poses for selfie with friends after paying respects to massacre victims © Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Labour candidate, Amran Hussain poses for selfie with friends after paying respects to massacre victims

Mr Hussain, who stood for Labour in North East Hampshire, had been on a week-long holiday with four friends at the time and caused sparked criticism when he used a selfie stick to take a picture of his group laying flowers meters from where the attack took place.

Today Mr Hussain posted pictures of the measures they took at his hotel in case of further attacks, showing sheets tied to a balcony as an escape rope and armchairs used to make barricades.

Writing on his Facebook page he said that “the gunman was stopped from entering our hotel only by the brave staff, who formed a human shield, putting guests lives above their own.”

One of his party is “incredibly traumatised” after witnessing the shooting from a balcony, Mr Hussain wrote.

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