Mrs [Claire] Blackman said: "After a very useful exploratory meeting with a number of MPs, where we discussed Al's case at length, we all agreed that we should postpone the planned debate whilst I take further legal advice.
"I understand that postponement of the debate will be a disappointment to so many people who have supported Al through the e-petition.
"It was a difficult decision, but I hope that you will understand that it was necessary to ensure the best possible outcome for Al. I have been assured that a debate will be held as soon as it is pertinent to do so."
Mr [Oliver] Colvile [MP] said he had withdrawn the debate on the petition at the request of the Blackman family.One assumes that separation-of-powers concerns over legislative interference with a final judgment of the courts led to the postponement. If any British readers can shed light on this, please comment.