More than 80 prominent Britons, including Patrick Stewart, Boris Johnson and Russell Brand as well as former Government ministers, have used Independence Day to urge President Obama to release Shaker Aamer from Guantanamo Bay.
In an open letter they urge the president to: “facilitate the transfer from Guantánamo of Shaker Aamer ... and his return to his family in the UK - his British wife and his four British children”.
Aamer has already been approved for release twice, the We Stand With Shaker campaign, who released the letter, say.
Russell Brand said: “Barack Obama, who inspired so much hope and has presided over so much pain and disappointment, in this single act of compassion can alter history.”
Signatories of the letter include:
Richard E. Grant
former Attorney General Keir Starmer
former Attorney General Dominic Grieve
MP John McDonnell (Lab.)
MP David Davis (Con.)
MP Andrew Mitchell (Con.)
MP Jeremy Corbyn (Lab.)
MP Caroline Lucas (Green)
MP Andy Slaughter (Lab.).