In The Words of The Attorney General, Dominic Grieve QC
Dominic Grieve QC told the party conference in Manchester that a Conservative government will re-write" the treaty.
Mr Grieve said: "Can someone tell me how counter-terrorism will be served by
extraditing Gary McKinnon to the United States for hacking into government
computers in search of UFOs.
"Ministers say they can't block his extradition. They can't over-ride the law. But we have proposed a change in that law, sitting in the House of Lords right now that would prevent the McKinnon case every happening again.
"Why hasn't the Government accepted it? When will Gordon Brown wake up and
stand up for the rights of British citizens? Our extradition laws are a mess. They're one-sided. A Conservative government will re-write them."
Telegraph.co.uk, 8 October 2009
'The Gary McKinnon case throws into sharp relief the crude and clumsy extradition procedures Britain now has in place.
'The Extradition Act was introduced after 9/11, so that we could fast-track terrorist suspects to face trial abroad. The intention was reasonable. But it was never intended to operate in cases like this, diluting the safeguards protecting such a vulnerable man - and a British citizen at that.
'Ministers must make every effort to see justice done for Gary McKinnon.'
Daily Mail, 28 August 2009