David Cameron said he wants to see Ashya reunited with his parents

David Cameron has called for a 'rapid outbreak of common sense' on the Ashya situation

David Cameron has called for a 'rapid outbreak of common sense' on the Ashya situation

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THE Prime Minister wants to see Ashya King reunited with his parents.

David Cameron said he wanted to see the five-year-old, who suffers from a brain tumour, back in the care of Brett and Naghmeh King and that seeing pictures of Ashya brought back memories of his son Ivan who died in February 2009.

He said: "Watching the pictures of him brought back memories of my desperately ill young boy Ivan and I remember him endlessly sitting on my lap and having to feed him through a tube and having to deal with all of the difficulties of having a desperately ill child.

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Ashya and mother Naghmeh

"But the Government musn't tell the police how to act or what to do nor can we interfere in the processes of other countries.

"I just hope there is a rapid outbreak of common sense so the family can be reunited with this young boy and the best treatment can be given to him either in the UK or elsewhere."

He added that the health secretary is doing his bit to make sure the Government examines how our procedures work in the UK.

Mr Cameron's comments come as a hearing at the High Court has got underway to consider whether Ashya should remain a ward of the court.

In court Lucinda Davis for Portsmouth Council said the hospital in Spain where Ashya was being treated could transfer him back to hospital in England. It also said the hospital could provide chemotherapy in Spain.

She said the issue was whether Ashya should receive proton beam treatment.

Ms Davis said the council wanted what was best for Ashya and wanted the High Court to consider the options.

But she said Ashya's parents would need to feature in any court hearing and could not do so when they were under arrest.

Vikram Sachdeva, for Southampton General Hospital, said the hospital was proposing a course of chemotherapy, but not proton beam treatment. He said that could not be provided in England - although it is the favoured option of Ashya's parents.

If that wardship is overturned, Brett and Naghmeh will retain full control over the treatment of their son.

The High Court judge this afternoon has been told the CPS is seeking to withdraw the arrest warrant for Ashya's parents.

Lawyers representing the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and Portsmouth City Council told Mr Justice Baker of the plan at the start of a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

Mr Justice Baker said the council had asked a judge to make Ashya a ward of court last week and to give directions about his medical treatment.

He was told it was unlikely the court would get "clarity" today on when the arrest warrant could be lifted.

Another hearing is due to take place on Monday, in which Mr Justice Baker said he hoped the little boy's parents would be able to take part.

Hampshire's Chief Constable has added his voice to calls for the parents of five year old Ashya King to be reunited with their desperately ill son.

In an open letter to his colleagues in the Crown Prosecution Service, Home Office and Commonwealth Office, Andy March says he believes the current situation is “not right” and every effort should be made to enable Ashya's family to be by his side.

Daily Echo: Chief constable Andy Marsh

Hampshire Police chief constable Andy Marsh

Brett and Naghmeh King, who were arrested in Spain after Ashya was taken from Southampton General Hospital without doctors' consent, have spent a second night away from him.

A judge in Madrid ruled that they must be held for up to 72 hours while the court considers whether to grant a British extradition request.

In the letter Mr Marsh reiterated this the force was making no apology for being “proactive” in launching the high profile search for Ashya but said since he had been found, the situation had changed.

“The situation today is different. Since they have been found, Ashya has been taken to a
hospital and is receiving medical care and Ashya's family have released information into the
public domain that they did not choose to make available during the search period.

“It is my view as Chief Constable that the situation today is not right. Irrespective of what has
happened it is our view that Ashya needs both medical treatment and for his parents to be
at his side. Our intent was to secure his safety not to deny him family support at this
particularly challenging time in his life.

“As you will be aware, Ashya's parents opposed extradition and are in custody in Spain,
where they could potentially remain for some time. I have no jurisdiction on what happens to
them, their rights of access, the arrest warrant or the care order.

"It is my view that we need to stand back and ask the question; what can be done quickly to achieve the best for
Ashya?

“This needs to be the right balance between ensuring that he continues to get the
best medical care and to enable his family to be with him at what must be a very difficult and
scary time for a little boy who, potentially, has limited time.

“If there is anything that I can do to help make this happen, I will work with you to do that.”

Spain's state prosecutor is to request the release of Ashya's parents.

The couple are due to appear in court in Madrid at 11am Spanish time tomorrow to find out whether they will be released while the judge considers the possibility of extradition.

Meanwhile Ashya's older brother Naveed has recorded another video to thank everyone who has supported the family - particularly Ethan Dallas who helped organise a petition of 125,000 signatures begging Mr Cameron to intervene.

In the video, he said: "I would just like to thank everyone who has helped in the progress to get my parents back with Ashya.

"So many people are spending so many hours on social media spreading the word and I would like to say thank you to Ethan Dallas and his family who are doing so much right now to spread the word to sign petitions and where to go to help Ashya out personally."

For more on the Daily Echo's coverage of Ashya, see below.

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3:01pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Heinz Kiosk says...

"But the Government musn't tell the police how to act or what to do nor can we interfere in the processes of other countries."
By opting back in to the European Arrest warrant,Mr Cameron, you made it all possible. I hope you can sleep soundly.
"But the Government musn't tell the police how to act or what to do nor can we interfere in the processes of other countries." By opting back in to the European Arrest warrant,Mr Cameron, you made it all possible. I hope you can sleep soundly. Heinz Kiosk
  • Score: 9

3:07pm Tue 2 Sep 14

sotonbusdriver says...

I wonder who is pulling Camerons strings, to try and make him more VOTE-ABLE ahead of the coming elections next year..
Just another Conservative vote making idea....
I wonder who is pulling Camerons strings, to try and make him more VOTE-ABLE ahead of the coming elections next year.. Just another Conservative vote making idea.... sotonbusdriver
  • Score: 3

3:07pm Tue 2 Sep 14

eurogordi says...

Why can't the government tell the police how to act? The government pass the laws that the police enforce, so the government should be able to tell the police how those laws should be enforced ... and correct the police whey they get it so wrong! Anything less and it means that unelected police officers are running the UK and NOT the elected body of MPs.
Why can't the government tell the police how to act? The government pass the laws that the police enforce, so the government should be able to tell the police how those laws should be enforced ... and correct the police whey they get it so wrong! Anything less and it means that unelected police officers are running the UK and NOT the elected body of MPs. eurogordi
  • Score: 8

3:21pm Tue 2 Sep 14

huckit P says...

An outbreak of common sense is about as likely as hell freezing over.
An outbreak of common sense is about as likely as hell freezing over. huckit P
  • Score: 9

3:30pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Paramjit Bahia says...

Nice to know that common sense being displayed by Spian's state prosecutor has started spreading in Downing Street.

The Prime Minister may be right about independence of the Police. But surely senior police officers and others involved, if they have any common sense left, shouldn't be ignoring a statement of The Prime Minister.
Nice to know that common sense being displayed by Spian's state prosecutor has started spreading in Downing Street. The Prime Minister may be right about independence of the Police. But surely senior police officers and others involved, if they have any common sense left, shouldn't be ignoring a statement of The Prime Minister. Paramjit Bahia
  • Score: 4

3:34pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Donald2000 says...

huckit P wrote:
An outbreak of common sense is about as likely as hell freezing over.
Not really. The European Arrest Warrant has been withdrawn as we speak and it is likely that the parents will soon be released.
[quote][p][bold]huckit P[/bold] wrote: An outbreak of common sense is about as likely as hell freezing over.[/p][/quote]Not really. The European Arrest Warrant has been withdrawn as we speak and it is likely that the parents will soon be released. Donald2000
  • Score: -5

3:49pm Tue 2 Sep 14

forest hump says...

Election time is looming. There will be a disproportionate amount of lies forthcoming from all involved in the election merry go round. If Cameron really cared, he would take action rather than use this as political mileage. Shame on him.
Election time is looming. There will be a disproportionate amount of lies forthcoming from all involved in the election merry go round. If Cameron really cared, he would take action rather than use this as political mileage. Shame on him. forest hump
  • Score: 5

3:55pm Tue 2 Sep 14

gscuderi says...

He is right about the indipendence of the police, and that's should be true on a modern democracy, anyway what a Prime Minister says may influence the peoples involved in this disgrace and that's what peoples on his position should do when things like that happens.
A little bit of pressure for an independent investigation to establish the facts would be a sensible things to do.
He is right about the indipendence of the police, and that's should be true on a modern democracy, anyway what a Prime Minister says may influence the peoples involved in this disgrace and that's what peoples on his position should do when things like that happens. A little bit of pressure for an independent investigation to establish the facts would be a sensible things to do. gscuderi
  • Score: 1

7:49pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Heinz Kiosk says...

gscuderi wrote:
He is right about the indipendence of the police, and that's should be true on a modern democracy, anyway what a Prime Minister says may influence the peoples involved in this disgrace and that's what peoples on his position should do when things like that happens.
A little bit of pressure for an independent investigation to establish the facts would be a sensible things to do.
There'll be 2 to 5 of these a year as long as we are in the EU and have the European Arrest Warrant. So...lots of work for retired judges running enquiries. Or we could just vote to leave the putrescent EU......
[quote][p][bold]gscuderi[/bold] wrote: He is right about the indipendence of the police, and that's should be true on a modern democracy, anyway what a Prime Minister says may influence the peoples involved in this disgrace and that's what peoples on his position should do when things like that happens. A little bit of pressure for an independent investigation to establish the facts would be a sensible things to do.[/p][/quote]There'll be 2 to 5 of these a year as long as we are in the EU and have the European Arrest Warrant. So...lots of work for retired judges running enquiries. Or we could just vote to leave the putrescent EU...... Heinz Kiosk
  • Score: 1

8:32pm Tue 2 Sep 14

manic75 says...

Incredible comments here. I can't see what the PM can do to make you happy. If he steps in he's sh1t, if he doesn't step in he's sh1t. Tells me a lot about people on this forum.
Incredible comments here. I can't see what the PM can do to make you happy. If he steps in he's sh1t, if he doesn't step in he's sh1t. Tells me a lot about people on this forum. manic75
  • Score: 2

9:35pm Tue 2 Sep 14

mulberry66 says...

There seems to be a problem hear with the medical staff at southampton hospital, giving misleading information
Lets hope that the chief executive does the right this and order an independent enquiry so lessons can be learnt and this does not happen to anyone else
it is clear to me that the welfare of the child was not the focus and somekne was trying to make thos an inappropriate section 47 issue
lessons to be learnt I think, and clearly not a good place to send your child if you want staff to listen to parents views
There seems to be a problem hear with the medical staff at southampton hospital, giving misleading information Lets hope that the chief executive does the right this and order an independent enquiry so lessons can be learnt and this does not happen to anyone else it is clear to me that the welfare of the child was not the focus and somekne was trying to make thos an inappropriate section 47 issue lessons to be learnt I think, and clearly not a good place to send your child if you want staff to listen to parents views mulberry66
  • Score: 1

10:00pm Tue 2 Sep 14

SOULJACKER says...

I never seen the words 'David Cameron' & 'Common Sense' used in the same sentence before.....well it had to happen sooner or later.
I never seen the words 'David Cameron' & 'Common Sense' used in the same sentence before.....well it had to happen sooner or later. SOULJACKER
  • Score: -1

10:13pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Shoong says...

Having had a young son die in his family, we might credit Mr Cameron with some kind of insight into this subject, or has everyone forgotten?
Having had a young son die in his family, we might credit Mr Cameron with some kind of insight into this subject, or has everyone forgotten? Shoong
  • Score: -3

6:50am Wed 3 Sep 14

manic75 says...

Shoong wrote:
Having had a young son die in his family, we might credit Mr Cameron with some kind of insight into this subject, or has everyone forgotten?
I agree. But clearly from the thumb down votes it seems people on this forum dont care and have zero sympathy. Lonely bitter souls who feel better when they berate others. The PM did the right thing and I applaud him for doing it. As for the negative comments, glad I don't have these cretins as friends.
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: Having had a young son die in his family, we might credit Mr Cameron with some kind of insight into this subject, or has everyone forgotten?[/p][/quote]I agree. But clearly from the thumb down votes it seems people on this forum dont care and have zero sympathy. Lonely bitter souls who feel better when they berate others. The PM did the right thing and I applaud him for doing it. As for the negative comments, glad I don't have these cretins as friends. manic75
  • Score: 1

7:57am Wed 3 Sep 14

Raxx says...

eurogordi wrote:
Why can't the government tell the police how to act? The government pass the laws that the police enforce, so the government should be able to tell the police how those laws should be enforced ... and correct the police whey they get it so wrong! Anything less and it means that unelected police officers are running the UK and NOT the elected body of MPs.
An important principle known as the "separation of powers" - Executive, Legislative & Judiciary should have independence in order to be checks and balances on each other.
[quote][p][bold]eurogordi[/bold] wrote: Why can't the government tell the police how to act? The government pass the laws that the police enforce, so the government should be able to tell the police how those laws should be enforced ... and correct the police whey they get it so wrong! Anything less and it means that unelected police officers are running the UK and NOT the elected body of MPs.[/p][/quote]An important principle known as the "separation of powers" - Executive, Legislative & Judiciary should have independence in order to be checks and balances on each other. Raxx
  • Score: 0

7:58am Wed 3 Sep 14

Raxx says...

mulberry66 wrote:
There seems to be a problem hear with the medical staff at southampton hospital, giving misleading information
Lets hope that the chief executive does the right this and order an independent enquiry so lessons can be learnt and this does not happen to anyone else
it is clear to me that the welfare of the child was not the focus and somekne was trying to make thos an inappropriate section 47 issue
lessons to be learnt I think, and clearly not a good place to send your child if you want staff to listen to parents views
No - there's a problem here with the *media* giving misleading information...
[quote][p][bold]mulberry66[/bold] wrote: There seems to be a problem hear with the medical staff at southampton hospital, giving misleading information Lets hope that the chief executive does the right this and order an independent enquiry so lessons can be learnt and this does not happen to anyone else it is clear to me that the welfare of the child was not the focus and somekne was trying to make thos an inappropriate section 47 issue lessons to be learnt I think, and clearly not a good place to send your child if you want staff to listen to parents views[/p][/quote]No - there's a problem here with the *media* giving misleading information... Raxx
  • Score: 0

7:59am Wed 3 Sep 14

Heinz Kiosk says...

manic75 wrote:
Incredible comments here. I can't see what the PM can do to make you happy. If he steps in he's sh1t, if he doesn't step in he's sh1t. Tells me a lot about people on this forum.
Look Sleepy, Cameron OPTED BACK into he EAW. He is a college boy. He would have known exactly what would happen-situations like this, which will happen again. If he couldn't predict it he's not up to his job.
You cannot have it both ways.
And I'm an old person who's voted Conservative since '69
[quote][p][bold]manic75[/bold] wrote: Incredible comments here. I can't see what the PM can do to make you happy. If he steps in he's sh1t, if he doesn't step in he's sh1t. Tells me a lot about people on this forum.[/p][/quote]Look Sleepy, Cameron OPTED BACK into he EAW. He is a college boy. He would have known exactly what would happen-situations like this, which will happen again. If he couldn't predict it he's not up to his job. You cannot have it both ways. And I'm an old person who's voted Conservative since '69 Heinz Kiosk
  • Score: 0

8:07am Wed 3 Sep 14

Heinz Kiosk says...

manic75 wrote:
Shoong wrote:
Having had a young son die in his family, we might credit Mr Cameron with some kind of insight into this subject, or has everyone forgotten?
I agree. But clearly from the thumb down votes it seems people on this forum dont care and have zero sympathy. Lonely bitter souls who feel better when they berate others. The PM did the right thing and I applaud him for doing it. As for the negative comments, glad I don't have these cretins as friends.
Oh come on! His judgment is fundamentally flawed in opting back into the EAW. Had ANY Prime Minister done that, that PM would be at fault because, like the EU the EAW is, to be polite, fundamentally flawed. The childless Heath was worse because he blatantly lied about CAP and losing our fisheries when he conned us into the "Common Market "Most of the Labour Party said so at the time. They are silent while this is happening. Why, I wonder?
Believe me it's unthinking cretins who will perpetuate this wholly predictable form of injustice. Portuguese Police can issue an EAW for Hants Police to nick you at home. Does their triumph in little Madeleine McCann's case make that prospect attractive to you?
[quote][p][bold]manic75[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: Having had a young son die in his family, we might credit Mr Cameron with some kind of insight into this subject, or has everyone forgotten?[/p][/quote]I agree. But clearly from the thumb down votes it seems people on this forum dont care and have zero sympathy. Lonely bitter souls who feel better when they berate others. The PM did the right thing and I applaud him for doing it. As for the negative comments, glad I don't have these cretins as friends.[/p][/quote]Oh come on! His judgment is fundamentally flawed in opting back into the EAW. Had ANY Prime Minister done that, that PM would be at fault because, like the EU the EAW is, to be polite, fundamentally flawed. The childless Heath was worse because he blatantly lied about CAP and losing our fisheries when he conned us into the "Common Market "Most of the Labour Party said so at the time. They are silent while this is happening. Why, I wonder? Believe me it's unthinking cretins who will perpetuate this wholly predictable form of injustice. Portuguese Police can issue an EAW for Hants Police to nick you at home. Does their triumph in little Madeleine McCann's case make that prospect attractive to you? Heinz Kiosk
  • Score: 0
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