Government to drop case against Chagos islanders, says Vince Cable
Fantastic news for the Chagossians today: in a letter to a constituent, business secretary Vince Cable has said that the coalition government will drop its case at the European Court of Human Rights against the Chagos islanders.
The letter says:
“The coalition government are dropping the case in the European Court of Human Rights opting instead for a friendly settlement. The previous government were trying to uphold the expulsion.”
But the government may yet be wavering on this one. The New Statesman, which has reprinted Cable’s letter on its website, now says it has been told by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills that the letter “was issued by Dr Cable’s constituency office in error, and a new letter will be sent out”.
Please urge your MPs to make sure the government keeps its promises on this one.