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Theresa May and Sajid Javid clash at Cabinet over Billy Caldwell case- reports

Theresa May prevented Home Secretary Sajid Javid from raising the Billy Caldwell case during a meeting of the Cabinet, it has been reported.

Billy, from Castlederg, has epilepsy which was being successfully treated with cannabis oil.

He was discharged from hospital on Monday afternoon after the Home Secretary used "an exceptional power" on Saturday to return one of the bottle of cannabis oil which was removed by border officials at Heathrow.

On Friday Billy's condition deteriorated and he was rushed to hospital, prompting Javid to act.

The Spectator reports the Prime Minister replied that “now was not the time to discuss this question” but that Javid pushed the point several times, saying it was a “fast-moving situation” and that the Cabinet needed to discuss the issue.

It has been reported that Javid “wouldn’t take it is not on the agenda for an answer”.

It is understood a number of Cabinet Ministers are siding with the Home Secretary over the issue and believe the government urgently needs an answer to this question if the government is not to look “heartless” and that compassion dictates the government must move quickly.

 

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