Nadhim Zahawi calls on Foreign Secretary to “redouble his efforts” to seek the release of British citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

7th November 2017

Speaking in Parliament on the incarceration in Iran of British citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Nadhim Zahawi calls on the Foreign Secretary to redouble his efforts to get her released as soon as possible.

Our words do matter in here, and the members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard court, who will be watching our proceedings today, are the ones to blame for the incarceration of this wife and mother of a three-year-old—of a British citizen who has been spuriously charged with falsehoods. If our words really do matter, it is only right that we do not play party politics, and I am looking at the shadow Front-Bench team, who were giggling a minute ago about the discomfort the Foreign Secretary may be feeling. I ask him to redouble his efforts to get Nazanin released as soon as possible.

I am very grateful to my hon. Friend, who speaks with huge authority about the region. I can certainly say that we are redoubling our efforts to secure the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. He is entirely right that the focus of the House should not be on any failings or the responsibilities of the UK Government for the incarceration of this mother—[Interruption.] If the right hon. Member for Islington South and Finsbury (Emily Thornberry) is going to continue to blame the British Government for the incarceration of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, she is living in cloud cuckoo land—the world is absolutely upside down in the Labour party. It is the Iranian authorities against whom she should be directing her attention and her anger.

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