October 16 2013 marked the one year anniversary of Theresa May's statement to the House of Commons confirming that the UK would not be extraditing Gary McKinnon on charges of hacking to the United States as "a decision to extradite would be incompatible with McKinnon's human rights." One year later and the woman who led that campaign for ten years - Janis Sharp, Gary McKinnon's mother - is sat in front of me smiling a very broad smile. "It's relief, just relief."
A year ago this week two of my Tooting constituents, Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan, were extradited to the USA on terror charges. Both men are British citizens who had been held in British prisons prior to their extradition. Yet, despite facing very serious allegations, they have never formally been charged with any offences in this country.
Diverse issues like instability in the Middle East, the financial crisis and climate change, all bear the footprint of the US. It is therefore incontrovertible that if we, here in the UK, wish to genuinely affect such issues, it is in our vital strategic interest to cement the 'special relationship.'
As a memorable year draws to a close, I thought we'd get in the end-of-year-review spirit and look at some of the biggest people-powered campaigns of 2012.
The last time I briefly spoke to my former schoolmate Talha was just after we completed our A-Level exams in the summer of 1998 at the prestigious private school Dulwich College in southeast London. After spending nearly six years in a British jail awaiting extradition to America on terrorist charges, Syed Talha Ahsan has now faced extradition to America after losing his appeal at the European Court of Human Rights, alongside four other terrorist suspects including the radical preacher Abu Hamza.
Ufology, a word not recognised by the dictionary, yet a word well recognised around the world. The study of the UFO phenomena and it's related subjects. But is Ufology changing and are we starting to see new faces with their own way of investigation?
Richard O'Dwyer is the Sheffield student who is currently wanted by the USA on copyright infringement charges. Richard has lived all his life in the UK, and he set up his website there. Under UK law he had committed no crime. However, the American authorities thought differently.
The decision to extradite Talha Ahsan and keep McKinnon is bad for all of us. It undermines the values that the majority of British citizens hold dear and will damage the trust that many British ethnic minorities feel towards their country.
If men and women want to understand each other more, and get along better, they might need to better grasp key differences in their brains, and make neurological allowances.
I said in the Commons yesterday that the Home Secretary had saved my constituent's life. Some MPs, such as the former Home Secretary Alan Johnson reacted with incredulity. It was of course Alan Johnson who in 2009 refused to step in and stop Gary's extradition when medical evidence made clear that he would take his own life.
Theresa May's decision to block the extradition of Gary McKinnon to the United States has proven that the Conservatives can be trusted on justice and constitutional affairs.
The bigger issue, by far, in these US/UK cases is the question of why people are being sent to the US to face trial rather than being prosecuted in British courts.
There is something hanging over Prime Minister David Cameron that will simply not go away... Will he keep a promise he made and confirm the existence of UFOS and extra terrestrial life?
Imprisoning British citizens without charge or trial goes against everything that Britain or what being British stands for.
Whether or not Julian Assange is guilty of any offence, the manner of his likely extradition to Sweden is a cause for sadness, and a symptom of deep problems in our increasingly unaccountable and internationalised legal system.
It is not so much Babar Ahmad's guilt or innocence as his right to a trial within the UK that is at question: something the current US-UK treaty does not seem to permit. Ahmad's extradition looks likely to proceed unless the British government intervenes.