MP cites PM's poor response to Asia Bibi case as one reason for resignation

Thu 15 Nov 2018
By Cara Bentley

The Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party has handed in his letter of resignation to the Prime Minister, citing the EU withdrawal agreement and her response to Asia Bibi's. 

The MP for Gillingham & Rainham, Rehman Chishti, firstly cited the Brexit negotiations as reason for resigning, saying it does not deliver on the promises to the British people or the Conservative manifesto. 

Chishti then writes: "The second point which brings me to write this letter is the manner in which the Government has dealt with the case regarding Asia Bibi. This is a case that I have worked on passionately since 2012, alongside Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, the Former Bishop of Rochester, to ensure that justice is done which was handed down by the Pakistan Supreme Court only recently.

"What I found shocking, is that the British Government is failing to put into practise the core values that our country stands for; religious freedom, justice, morally doing the right thing, and that when we see injustice where an individual's life is in clear danger and they have been persecuted for their faith, we do all that we can to help them. 

"The Government should not wait to see if another country offers sanctuary, we should have had the conviction to lead on this matter and offer sanctuary ourselves straight away."

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