Crispin Blunt Withdraws Statement on Imran Ahmad Khan

Crispin Blunt, the Conservative MP for Reigate, has withdrawn a statement he made following the conviction of Imran Ahmad Khan (in image above) following a wave of criticism from other MPs.

Blunt had posted:

“I am utterly appalled and distraught at the dreadful miscarriage of justice that has befallen my friend and colleague Imran Ahmad Khan, MP for Wakefield since December 2019. His conviction today is nothing short of an international scandal, with dreadful wider implications for millions of LGBT+ Muslims around the world.”

Five members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for global LGBT+ rights resigned from the committee which Blunt chairs, including Chris Bryant and Kate Osborne from the Labour Party and Stewart McDonald, Joanna Cherry, and Martin Docherty-Hughes from the SNP.

When withdrawing his statement, Blunt noted:

“On reflection I have decided to retract my statement defending Imran Ahmad Khan. I am sorry that my defence of him has been a cause of significant upset and concern not least to victims of sexual offences. It was not my intention to do this.”