Reaction to the release of Shaker Aamer

I am delighted to hear that Shaker Aamer has finally been released after 13 years in Guantanamo Bay. He is the last British resident to be detained there despite never being brought to trial.

I attended an all-party delegation to Washington, in May of this year, which demanded his release. The pressure mounted by the British Parliament contributed to Shaker’s freedom.

But we must recognise the crucial role played by the steadfastness of his family and the commitment of all those who campaigned for his release, whether they lobbied their MPs or demonstrated on the streets against this huge injustice.

Now that Shaker has been released, the scandal of the Guantanamo detention camp itself must be brought to an end. I hope that Shaker and his family will now be given the time and space to rebuild their lives.