||Dear Sir George,
I would not normally wish to trouble you on a matter that has no direct relevance to me, but I am very uneasy about the recent extradition of the 'NatWest Three'. The precise details of their alleged crime escape me, I feely admit, but one thing that has struck me forcibly, is the unfairness of the UK acceding to an extradition treaty that the other party, the US, has not signed. I cannot imagine why the UK feels itself obliged to give up its citizens to a foreign jurisdiction in the absence of any receiprocal arrangment. This all takes place, it need hardly be said, within the context of England's more or less total- and in my view shameful- abasement before America's warmongering in the disastrous invasion of Iraq, whose consequences we daily see reflected in the mayhem reported in the news. I do not know what action you may be able to take, but I feel I should be neglecting my duty as a citizen in a democracy to let these events pass without comment, and hope that will convey to the Home Office, should the weight of my fellow contituents' opinion support me, strong objections to this disgraceful strong-arming, whose results can only tend towards a breach in the mutual esteem that has so long existed between our nations.
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||14 Jul 2006
||Many thanks for the email; as the local MP, it is enormously helpful to hear from constituents on current issues and many have contacted me on similar lines.
I voted on Wednesday to register my concern at what has happened, and I have asked my office to send you a copy of Hansard so you can see what my front-bench colleagues said about this important issue. It is clearly an unbalanced and indefensible position
Best wishes, George Young