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Karl Andree's family thank PM for his intervention

Karl Andree, second left, with his son Simon, left, wife Verity and daughter Kirsten. Credit: Family handout

The family of a British grandfather facing 379 lashes in Saudi Arabia have thanked David Cameron for getting involved.

Karl Andree, 74, was jailed for 12 months after being caught with illegal alcohol in his car.

He has already served his sentence but has still not been released from prison and now faces physical punishment.

Mr Andree's daughter, Kirsten Piroth, said of the Prime Minister's involvement: "I don't even know if my father knows yet. It is great news.

"We just wanted something to happen and if it takes the Prime Minister to write a letter then that's great."

Ms Piroth said she did not want to point fingers but had been left feeling "pretty helpless" by the Foreign Office.

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Imam: 'It shows just how powerful IS propaganda is'

An leading Imam in Yorkshire has said he is "devastated" that a Bradford family of seven may have gone to join IS in Syria.

Qari Asim told ITV Calendar: "Details are sketchy at the moment but if they have gone there to fight or take part it is absolutely shocking.

"And I think it also goes to show just how powerful the propaganda of IS is -that they are able to penetrate in our homes in Yorkshire, and as a result young families are travelling to Syria."


Saudi Arabia Britain's closest ally in Middle East

Saudi Arabia remains Britain's closest ally in the Middle East.

The country has close strategic and commercial ties with Britain but its oppressive human rights record makes for an uncomfortable relationship.

Father, husband and grandfather, Karl Andree, faces the prospect of a public flogging in Saudi Arabia . The 74-year-old remains in a Jeddah jail, 14 months after being sentenced to 12 months in prison following his arrest by religious police for possessing bootleg alcohol.

ITV News at Ten presenter Tom Bradby looks at the reasons behind the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Britain:

Labour must stop fighting each other, says Burnham

Andy Burnham has said that Labour should "stop facing inwards" and pull together to fight the Conservative government.

Speaking the day after the Parliamentary Labour Party meeting where members responded with anger over John McDonnell's u-turn on fiscal policy, Burnham said that the party should not make the mistakes of the past.

"The time has come for Labour to stop facing inwards and to take on this government," he said.

I want the Labour party to pull together and not make the mistakes of the past where we became more interested in fighting each other and arguing internally rather than standing up to the then Thatcher government and we allowed that government to bulldoze its way through Labour communities. We must not let that happen again.

– Shadow Home Secretary, Andy Burnham
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