An honourable man

Andrew MacKinlayAndrew MacKinlay

Labour MP Andrew MacKinlay was one of just ten Labour MPs who had the courage to vote for a review of the 2003 Extradition Treaty in the wake of controversy over the case of the Gary McKinnon.

He is standing down at the next election because he is disgusted at the behaviour of his fellow Labour MPs. 74 had previously signed motions backing Mr McKinnon, or demanding an extradition review yet, on the day, meekly followed the party line. See here. In addition to being a moral man, Mr MacKinlay is a hard working MP and his expenses claims are modest.

Both Tory leader David Cameron and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg have condemned hypocritical MPs who pledged support for Mr McKinnon's fight against extradition before reneging in last week's Commons vote. Yet, why did the Lib Dem MEPs vote for fast track extradition without trial within the EU?

Appeal judges will deliver a ruling on Gary McKinnon on Friday, 31st July.