It was an honour to welcome Bill Shaw back onto British soil at Heathrow Airport earlier today. Both prior to, and since, my election to Parliament I have worked very closely with Liz and Lisa, Bill's wife and daughter and I felt privileged to have been included in such a family occasion.
This has been a long process from my very first speech in Parliament, to meetings with Ministers and Officials and finally taking Bill's case to Downing Street itself. The work of the Foreign Office behind the scenes with the Afghan authorities has been inspiring and I am glad that the efforts of everyone involved has paid off.
I am incredibly pleased that justice has been served and Bill is a free man once more. It must have been a harrowing three months in an Afghan jail and it is great to have him back where he belongs with his family and friends in the UK.
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