British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford has lost a High Court battle over a UK government refusal to fund her appeal against a death sentence imposed by an Indonesian court after she was found guilty of drug smuggling.

The 56-year-old from Teeside, was arrested on £1.7m drugs charges in Bali.

Prosecution lawyers asked for her to serve a 15-year sentence, but a panel of judges, headed by Amser Simanjuntak, concluded that Sandiford had damaged the image of Bali as a tourism destination and weakened the government's programme of drug annihilation.

After it was revealed that Sandiford was to take action agains the British government, a Foreign Office spokesman insisted that legal representation was not available.

Speaking to the Huffington Poast UK, the spokesman said: "We are aware that Lindsay Sandiford is facing the death penalty in Indonesia. We strongly object to the death penalty and continue to provide consular assistance to Lindsay and her family during this difficult time.

“HMG does not provide legal representation for British nationals overseas. However, we assist British nationals in identifying potential legal representation, including by working closely with NGOs. We will continue to raise this case on diplomatic channels.”

Cheltenham MP Martin Horwood has urged the Foreign Office to rethink its policy on support for Britons sentenced to death abroad.

"Indonesia itself now pays for lawyers to represent its migrant workers facing the death penalty in countries like Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and China," said Mr Horwood.

"I don't think it's unreasonable for Britons abroad to expect the same kind of support from their own government in this kind of extreme and unusual situation."

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    Lindsay June Sandiford (2nd R) of Britain arrives at a court in Denpasar on January 7, 2013. Indonesian prosecutors recommended a 15-year prison term on December 20, 2012 for the British grandmother accused of trafficking in cocaine on the resort island of Bali. Sandiford, 56, was arrested at Denpasar airport in May with 4.79 kilograms (10.6 pounds) of cocaine stashed in the lining of her suitcase. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Lindsay June Sandiford (2nd R) of Britain arrives at a court in Denpasar on January 7, 2013. Indonesian prosecutors recommended a 15-year prison term on December 20, 2012 for the British grandmother accused of trafficking in cocaine on the resort island of Bali. Sandiford, 56, was arrested at Denpasar airport in May with 4.79 kilograms (10.6 pounds) of cocaine stashed in the lining of her suitcase. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Lindsay June Sandiford (2nd R) of Britain arrives at a court in Denpasar on January 7, 2013. Indonesian prosecutors recommended a 15-year prison term on December 20, 2012 for the British grandmother accused of trafficking in cocaine on the resort island of Bali. Sandiford, 56, was arrested at Denpasar airport in May with 4.79 kilograms (10.6 pounds) of cocaine stashed in the lining of her suitcase. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Lindsay June Sandiford (R) of Britain attends a court session in Denpasar on January 7, 2013. Indonesian prosecutors recommended a 15-year prison term on December 20, 2012 for the British grandmother accused of trafficking in cocaine on the resort island of Bali. Sandiford, 56, was arrested at Denpasar airport in May with 4.79 kilograms (10.6 pounds) of cocaine stashed in the lining of her suitcase. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Lindsay June Sandiford (R) of Britain attends a court session in Denpasar on January 7, 2013. Indonesian prosecutors recommended a 15-year prison term on December 20, 2012 for the British grandmother accused of trafficking in cocaine on the resort island of Bali. Sandiford, 56, was arrested at Denpasar airport in May with 4.79 kilograms (10.6 pounds) of cocaine stashed in the lining of her suitcase. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Lindsay June Sandiford (R) of Britain attends her trial at a court in Denpasar on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on January 22, 2013. An Indonesian court on January 22 sentenced a 56-year-old British grandmother to death for smuggling cocaine into the resort island of Bali. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Lindsay June Sandiford (C) of Britain walks from a holding cell to the court room before her trial in Denpasar on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on January 22, 2013. An Indonesian court on January 22 sentenced 56-year-old Sandiford to death for smuggling cocaine into the resort island of Bali. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Lindsay June Sandiford (C) of Britain reacts as she attends her trial at a court in Denpasar on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on January 22, 2013. An Indonesian court on January 22 sentenced 56-year-old Sandiford to death for smuggling cocaine into the resort island of Bali. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Lindsay June Sandiford (R) of Britain reacts as she attends her trial at a court in Denpasar on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on January 22, 2013. An Indonesian court on January 22 sentenced a 56-year-old British grandmother to death for smuggling cocaine into the resort island of Bali. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Lindsay June Sandiford (L) of Britain is escorted by a prosecutor as she arrives at a court in Denpasar on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on January 22, 2013. An Indonesian court on January 22 sentenced 56-year-old Sandiford to death for smuggling cocaine into the resort island of Bali. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Lindsay June Sandiford (L) of Britain is escorted by a prosecutor as she arrives at a court in Denpasar on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on January 22, 2013. An Indonesian court on January 22 sentenced 56-year-old Sandiford to death for smuggling cocaine into the resort island of Bali. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Lindsay June Sandiford (R) of Britain listens from her interpreter (L) during trial at a court in Denpasar on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on January 22, 2013. An Indonesian court on January 22 sentenced 56-year-old Sandiford to death for smuggling cocaine into the resort island of Bali. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Lindsay June Sandiford (C) of Britain covers herself with fabric before her trial at a court in Denpasar on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on December 20, 2012. Indonesian prosecutors have recommended a 15-year prison sentence for Sandiford, who was arrested in May, 2012 with 4.79 kilograms (10.6 pounds) of cocaine after allegedly attempting to smuggle it into the island. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Lindsay June Sandiford (R) of Britain listens to her interpreter (L) during her trial at a court in Denpasar on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on December 20, 2012. Indonesian prosecutors have recommended a 15-year prison sentence for Sandiford, who was arrested in May, 2012 with 4.79 kilograms (10.6 pounds) of cocaine after allegedly attempting to smuggle it into the island. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Lindsay June Sandiford (L) of Britain listens as fellow Briton Julian Anthony Ponder (R) testifies during Sandiford's trial at a court in Denpasar on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on November 28, 2012. Sandiford was arrested in May upon arrival at the resort island's airport in Denpasar from Bangkok after customs officials allegedly found 4.79 kilograms (10.6 pounds) of cocaine in the lining of her suitcase while Julian Anthony Pounder is accused of willingly receiving the drugs. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Lindsay June Sandiford (L) of Britain covers her face as fellow Briton Julian Anthony Ponder (R) testifies during Sandiford's trial at a court in Denpasar on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on November 28, 2012. Sandiford was arrested in May upon arrival at the resort island's airport in Denpasar from Bangkok after customs officials allegedly found 4.79 kilograms (10.6 pounds) of cocaine in the lining of her suitcase while Julian Anthony Pounder is accused of willingly receiving the drugs. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Lindsay June Sandiford (L) of Britain listens as fellow Briton Julian Anthony Ponder (not pictured) testifies during Sandiford's trial at a court in Denpasar on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on November 28, 2012. Sandiford was arrested in May upon arrival at the resort island's airport in Denpasar from Bangkok after customs officials allegedly found 4.79 kilograms (10.6 pounds) of cocaine in the lining of her suitcase while Julian Anthony Pounder is accused of willingly receiving the drugs. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Britain's Lindsay June Sandiford, 56, covers herself while inside a holding cell after her trial at a court in Denpasar on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on October 4, 2012. Sandiford's trial, who is accused of smuggling five kilogrammes (11 pounds) of cocaine into Indonesia, opened on September 27 but was adjourned because she was not accompanied by a lawyer. The 56-year-old Briton was arrested in May on arrival at the Denpasar airport on the resort island of Bali after the drug was allegedly found in her bag. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Britain's Lindsay June Sandiford (R), 56, listens to her interpreter as she attends her trial at a court in Denpasar on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on October 4, 2012. Sandiford's trial, who is accused of smuggling five kilogrammes (11 pounds) of cocaine into Indonesia, opened on September 27 but was adjourned because she was not accompanied by a lawyer. The 56-year-old Briton was arrested in May on arrival at the Denpasar airport on the resort island of Bali after the drug was allegedly found in her bag. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Britain's Lindsay June Sandiford (L), 56, gestures as she attends her trial at a court in Denpasar on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on October 4, 2012. Sandiford's trial, who is accused of smuggling five kilogrammes (11 pounds) of cocaine into Indonesia, opened on September 27 but was adjourned because she was not accompanied by a lawyer. The 56-year-old Briton was arrested in May on arrival at the Denpasar airport on the resort island of Bali after the drug was allegedly found in her bag. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Britain's Lindsay June Sandiford (L), 56, wipes her face during her trial at a court in Denpasar on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on september 27, 2012. Sandiford was arrested on May 19 allegedly carrying 4.7 kilograms of cocaine in her luggage at Bali International Airport. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Britain's Lindsay June Sandiford (L), 56, is escorted by a police officer before her trial at a court in Denpasar on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on september 27, 2012. Sandiford was arrested on May 19 allegedly carrying 4.7 kilograms of cocaine in her luggage at Bali International Airport. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Britain's Lindsay June Sandiford (L), 56, attends her trial at a court in Denpasar on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on september 27, 2012. Sandiford was arrested on May 19 allegedly carrying 4.7 kilograms of cocaine in her luggage at Bali International Airport. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Britain's Lindsay June Sandiford, 56, attends her trial at a court in Denpasar on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on september 27, 2012. Sandiford was arrested on May 19 allegedly carrying 4.7 kilograms of cocaine in her luggage at Bali International Airport. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Britain's Lindsay June Sandiford, 56, attends her trial at a court in Denpasar on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on september 27, 2012. Sandiford was arrested on May 19 allegedly carrying 4.7 kilograms of cocaine in her luggage at Bali International Airport. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/GettyImages)