Stephen meets Richard Ratcliffe

Earlier, today, Stephen met with Richard Ratcliffe who is continuing his hunger strike in support of his wife, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. Nazanin - an Iranian-British dual national arrested on holiday in Iran in April 2016.

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After three years of imprisonment in Iran on charges she vehemently denies, Nazanin began a hunger strike to demand her unconditional release. Richard joined the hunger strike in solidarity with his wife and to raise the profile of her plight. Their five-year-old daughter Gabriella is also unable to leave Iran and return to the UK.

Sitting outside the Iranian embassy, Richard and Stephen spoke about the need for increased pressure on the Iranian government. Following the meeting, Stephen said: β€œThe situation that Nazanin and Richard face demands the full and immediate support of the British government. This case must be seen as a priority by our future Prime Minister, and the Iranian authorities must understand that the continued imprisonment of Nazanin is not acceptable. I support Richard in his continued struggle to secure the release of his wife, and the return of his daughter to the UK.”