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 Richard Graham Richard Graham Conservative, Gloucester 3:33 pm, 13th November 2017

In my experience as a diplomat, I believe there is no harder call than whether public or private diplomacy is more effective at helping Britons in jail abroad, and I say to the Opposition spokeswoman that there is a real danger today of conflating domestic political ambitions with a very sensitive situation of a British national in jail. Will my right hon. Friend therefore confirm that, as soon as today’s statement is over, he and our Foreign Office will work very closely with our friends in Iran to see how best this issue can be resolved to the satisfaction of everyone, in the quietest way possible?