MP please with Europe stance

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Former Europe Minister and Rotherham MP Denis MacShane has welcomed an assurance from the Foreign Office that political leaders who have ‘committed human rights abuses’ will not be allowed to enter Britain for the London Olympics.

Mr MacShane has been campaigning for Britain to take a tougher line on banning entry of government leaders and lower-rank officials who are known to commit human rights abuses.

He has focused particularly on cases involving Russians and the Bahrain regime, which has imposed a crackdown on dissidents.

In a reply to a question from Mr MacShane, Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne said: “Where there is independent, reliable and credible evidence that an individual has committed human rights abuses, the individual will not normally be permitted to enter the UK.”

Mr MacShane said he was ‘pleased’ with the comment.