PM pushes China over Brit death

The Prime Minister has offered China "any necessary assistance" in its investigation into the death of Neil Heywood. He made the offer during a meeting with China's propaganda chief

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Reports reveal Heywood called suspected killer 'erratic'

British businessman Neil Heywood
British businessman Neil Heywood Credit: Reuters

The Guardian has reported that the wife of the Chinese politician accused of murdering British businessman Neil Heywood, was "mentally unstable" and behaved like an unforgiving "empress", Heywood revealed before his death.

While China has detained dozens of people with connections to Bo Xilai, as part of their ongoing investigation, according to the Telegraph.

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Heywood's death exposes 'privileged life' of China's party officials

by - China Correspondent

The Government has been blocking online comments about Bo Xilai and his wife, who is accused of the murder of Neil Heywood, which tells you something about how sensitive this case is.

The circumstances around Neil Heywood's life and death have exposed details about the privileged life of party officials, and that has been very damaging. How could Bo Xilai on a relatively low state salary, send his son to an exclusive English public school?

It's damaging and the Communist Party knows that. The president has made a speech saying that corruption is the biggest threat to the Communist Party's continued power in China. This investigation is under unprecedented public scrutiny.

PM: UK stands ready to offer assistance on Heywood case

Following a meeting earlier between the Prime Minister and Li Changchun of China, a Downing Street spokesperson said:

The Prime Minister also raised the case of Neil Heywood, saying that he welcomed the ongoing investigation and that the UK stood ready to offer any necessary assistance. Mr Changchun assured him that the case was being examined by the judiciary in full accordance with the rule of law. He thanked him for the offer of assistance and they agreed that both governments would stay in close contact on the issue.

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Hague: Britain wants 'the truth behind this tragic case'

The Foreign Secretary William Hague given a written statement on the investigation into Nick Heywood's death.

He told MPs that the Chinese investigation into Mr Heywood's death was launched after repeated requests from the UK.

He also said:

"I welcome the fact that the Chinese authorities have now committed themselves to undertake the investigation into Mr Heywood's death that we sought.

"We now wish to see the conclusion of a full investigation that observes due process, is free from political interference, exposes the truth behind this tragic case, and ensures that justice is done.

– William Hague, Foreign Secretary

PM to address 'suspicious circumstances' of Heywood death

David Cameron is meeting a top Chinese official, Li Changchun, today and they are due to discuss the Neil Heywood murder investigation. Speaking ahead of today's meeting, a Downing Street spokeswoman said:

The Prime Minister will take the opportunity to raise the case of Neil Heywood, welcoming the launch of the Chinese investigation and emphasising that we are keen to address concerns about the suspicious circumstances of his tragic death. We want to see the conclusion of an investigation that observes due process.

The Foreign Secretary William Hague said:

[Britain wants to see] the conclusion of a full investigation that observes due process, is free from political interference, exposes the truth behind this tragic case, and ensures that justice is done".

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