Mr Redwood’s contribution to the Statement on Extradition, 16 Oct

Mr John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): I warmly welcome the Home Secretary’s wish to improve our extradition arrangements. Does she accept that many of us in this House feel that the US-UK arrangements were unfair to the UK and that the European arrest warrant is unfair to the UK? We look to her to reform to give Britain and her people a better deal.

The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mrs Theresa May): I thank my right hon. Friend for his comment. As I said in my statement, I think that the UK-US treaty is, as Sir Scott Baker found, broadly sound. It is important that we have a robust treaty on extradition with the United States and that we ensure that extradition can take place both ways across the Atlantic. As I have said, there are a number of ways in which we need to change how we operate so that people can see that the extradition arrangements are fair and can take comfort and have confidence in them. The British people need to have confidence in our extradition arrangements.

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3 Comments

  1. David Jarman
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    (claims corruption in US government without supplying evidence-ed)

  2. Barry
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    JR is correct that the US-UK arrangements were unfair to the UK. Recall the problems that existed with attempts to extradite IRA terrorists to face justice n the UK.

  3. David Jarman
    Posted October 18, 2012 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    Did not claim anything that is not widely available to the public if you bother to look for it. Plus I have previously sent “evidence” for other topics which you confirmed, you (ed) are too lazy to look at, ooops, I mean, too busy to look at.

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