Cleverly rejects lack of government interest in UK national facing death penalty

In an urgent question regarding Jim Fitton, a British national facing the prospect of the death penalty in Iraq for picking up some significant rocks, foreign minister James Cleverly rejected claims that the government are uninterested in helping to resolve this case.

Bath MP Wera Hobhouse raised the question, with Fitton one of her constituents. She asked the minister why the UK government are not following the German government in providing representation.

Cleverly assured the House of Commons that the government are doing the “right thing”, providing legal representation and raising the issue with the Iraqi government.