Dawn Butler: ‘We have to have compassion’ for ISIS children

Civilians queue up to be screened by Kurdish forces after fleeing the last remaining ISIS stronghold.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Labour frontbencher Dawn Butler has accused Sajid Javid’s of using so-called ‘ISIS brides’ as “pawns” in his bid to become Conservative leader.

Her comments come as the home secretary faces renewed criticism after Shamima Begum’s three-week-old baby son was reported to have died over the weekend.

Speaking to talkRADIO’s Matthew Wright, the shadow women and equalities minister said while the situation was “extremely difficult”, the British government must show compassion towards children of ISIS fighters.



Ms Butler said: “The fact that her child was 21 days old, and was a British citizen, and died - we have to think about this issue in that context.

“At the end of the day they are British children who have done nothing wrong, and we have to have compassion.”

As well as Ms Begum, two sisters from east London, Reema and Zara Iqbal, were reported to have had their British citizenship revoked for marrying ISIS fighters.


Sajid Javid 'playing game' for leadership


Ms Butler said Mr Javid faced serious questions as to how the decision was made.

She added: “It’s extremely worrying that he apparently took no legal advice in this regard.

“We are not allowed to make somebody intentionally stateless as a country, it would be anarchy, we’re not allowed to do that.

“With all of this, I feel like us as the people are pawns in the Conservative government chess games, and at the moment the game for SJ and many others is they want to be leader, so they’re playing games in order to raise their profiles so they can be see as the next leader.”