Foreign Fighters and the Death Penalty

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:43 pm on 23rd July 2018.

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Photo of Ben Wallace Ben Wallace Minister of State (Home Office) (Security) 3:43 pm, 23rd July 2018

I do not believe that the death penalty is something that this country should have. I do not think it is what the public, or indeed this House, would support. However, I also respect the will of a number of countries around the world, including the United States, that have decided to have the death penalty in certain circumstances. As an ex-soldier, I am also aware that all states, including those that oppose the death penalty, use lethal force when they have to do so to keep themselves secure. We risk being seen as hypocrites if we say that we will never make an exception for assurances, while being prepared to use lethal force on the battlefield to kill people without due process. That is the balance that we always have to strike. It is not easy, but we do it to try to keep people safe.