The Labour councillor who sticks up for Guantanamo and extraordinary rendition

by Stephen Tall on July 12, 2008

Never let it be said that leading Labour Hackney councillor and ultra party loyalist Luke Akehurst is unafraid to stick up for even the most unpopular of causes. Leaving aside his support for the current government, Cllr Akehurst has declared on his blog:

I am in favour of extraordinary rendition and Guantanamo Bay

Although, to be fair, we should point out that Luke does at least clarify that even he believes the US can sometimes go a little far, noting parenthetically –

(but not torture in Abu Graib) [sic]

It’s good to know even Cllr Akehurst can’t ignore all abuses of human rights.

Local Lib Dems in Hackney have condemned Cllr Akehurst’s mindless comments – here’s Cllr Dawood Akhoon:

The erosion of traditional British freedoms by the Labour government is a major concern to many people in Hackney. Whilst Cllr. Akehurst is entitled to his own opinion, he’s actually in favour of people being illegally kidnapped and tortured; of people being held for years with no charge or trial.

“This is someone who represents Hackney, one of the most diverse boroughs in the country, where nearly 50% of its population is from a BME background, and with a very substantial Muslim population. The kidnap and possible torture of individuals is an affront to the principles for which this country stands. Cllr. Akehurst should be ashamed of himself”