‘British mum Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been failed by UK government’

British mum Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has now been held in jail in Tehran for a thousand days.

That is a thousand days separated from her husband Richard and daughter Gabriella.

This is an anniversary she and her family hoped they would never have to mark.

Nazanin has shown extraordinary courage and resilience since she was imprisoned in Iran on trumped-up charges of spying.

Her small acts of humanity, such as helping fellow inmates, stand in contrast with the bungling of former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who only worsened her plight.

She has also endured the false dawn which came with a temporary release.

Every effort must be made to secure her permanent freedom. This includes supporting Richard’s valiant campaign to make sure his wife’s awful situation remains in the public eye.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who travelled to Tehran last year, must redouble his diplomatic push for her release. She and her family have already suffered enough.

She should not have to spend one more day in prison, let alone another thousand.

PM pitches in

When you think of Margaret Thatcher, the words “fair play” do not spring to mind.

Yet the National Archives reveal the Tory Prime Minister praised the England team for not diving during the 1990 World Cup.

Many will suspect Mrs Thatcher’s comments were driven more by a dislike of foreigners than any real interest in football.

In office, she showed her contempt for the sport by viewing it as a law and order issue.

Perhaps it is not surprising England have only won the cup under a Labour government.

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