Jerah’s death was a catalyst but Foreign Office had never been happy with Sajid Javid’s hardline stance

Jeremy Hunt’s revelation that he is in discussion with the Department for International Development (DfID) to find a way for UK officials to bring home the children of British fighters in Syria represents a reverse of the hardline policy adopted by the Home Office.

The foreign secretary, speaking on BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show, revealed he was talking to the international development secretary, Penny Mordaunt, on how to bring them home. The death of Shamima Begum’s three-week-old son was obviously a catalyst, but the Foreign Office had never been happy with the headline-driven policy adopted by the home secretary, Sajid Javid.

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