Davey: Use of the death penalty - no matter the crimes involved - is wrong
Commenting on reports that the UK government will not block death the penalty in the case of Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Ed Davey said:
“The crimes committed by these terrorists are amongst the most heinous imaginable. Clearly these two individuals present a serious danger to the public and the argument that they should spend the rest of their lives in prison is overwhelming.
"However, the use of the death penalty - no matter the crimes involved - is wrong. By refusing to stand up to Donald Trump's administration on this issue, Sajid Javid has abdicated his responsibility to uphold fundamental human rights. He has undermined the UK's efforts to end the use of the death penalty around the world.
“We will only ever see an end to terrorism by sticking to our morals and principles. If the Conservative Government once again dances to the tune of a dangerous US President it will do nothing but fan the flames of terror.”