Lisa Nandy – 2020 Comments on Diplomatic Immunity

Text of the comments made by Lisa Nandy, the Shadow Foreign Secretary, on 22 July 2020.

Today’s announcement once again fails to answer crucial questions about the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of Harry Dunn and the series of failures that led to Anne Sacoolas being wrongly allowed to leave the UK. The family must be updated on what discussions the Foreign Secretary had with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to ensure a trial can be held and a verdict reached.

The Foreign Secretary has still not come to Parliament to explain how failings in his department allowed a US citizen to leave the country while their immunity was still in question.

Labour will continue to push for a full inquiry into the litany of failures in this case and demand the answers that Harry Dunn’s family deserve. This announcement is no substitute for complete transparency – if the Foreign Secretary is serious about ensuring no other family goes through such an ordeal, then he must be honest about the mistakes that were made in this case.