Former Foreign minister slams Hague's invite approval for King of Bahrain

Commenting on the news that the Foreign Office has approved the presence of the King of Bahrain at the Jubilee lunch, former Foreign and Commonwealth minister Denis MacShane has said "some diplomatic excuse could have been made" to avoid the King's attendance.

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Controversy over Jubilee lunch

The Queen shook the hand of the King of Bahrain at her Jubilee lunch for foreign monarchs at Windsor Castle. His invitation attracted criticism because of alleged human rights abuses in Bahrain.