6 February 2019
The Green Party has responded to news the Stansted 15 have avoided prison after being given suspended sentences and community sentences for stopping a charter flight used for deportations from taking off .
Jonathan Bartley, co-leader of the Green Party, said:
“It is welcome the Stansted 15 won’t face jail, but they should never have been in the dock in the first place. These activists are human rights defenders - the real criminals are the Home Office. The treatment of the Stansted 15 has been unprecedented and wrong from the start.
“The actions of the Stansted 15 exposed the brutality of secretive charter flights, and a number of people set to be removed from the UK on that plane have been able to remain in the UK safely as a result of their principled actions.
“We need root and branch reform of our immigration system with an end to the use of charter flights for deportations immediately.”