Queen to ‘dine with a despot’

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SOUTH Yorkshire MP Denis MacShane has accused Foreign Office officials of ‘turning a blind eye’ to human rights abuses in Bahrain by allowing the Arab state’s King to attend a banquet at Windsor Castle.

The Rotherham MP hit out at Rotherham-born foreign secretary William Hague, for allowing the Queen to ‘dine with a despot’.

Mr MacShane said: “Many in Britain will regret that the Foreign Secretary who approves all invitations sent in the Queen’s name as head of state has decided to include a representative of the Bahraini regime which has done such terrible things to its own people since the Arab awakening a year ago. Arab nations must allow free elections and let them speak without fear of arrest, torture or death.”