Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:33 pm on 13th November 2017.

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Photo of Julian Lewis Julian Lewis Chair, Defence Committee, Chair, Defence Committee 3:33 pm, 13th November 2017

As an ardent Churchillian, does my right hon. Friend accept that this has not been his finest hour? Before the Opposition make too much of that, however, may I urge them to avoid headlines such as that in The Independent online, which says, “Boris Johnson should resign if British mother stays in Iranian jail” for “even one more day”? The Iranian regime plays politics with hostages. Does my right hon. Friend agree that if they believe that they can get rid of a British Foreign Secretary by jailing a hostage for longer, they will jail that hostage for longer? That link needs to be broken, not reinforced, by the Opposition today.