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As the contenders for the Conservative leadership battle in three years’ time begin their subtle jockeying for position, Theresa May will have done herself no harm by refusing to extradite Gary McKinnon to the United States.

The party is certain to be looking for a hard-edged, right-leaning leader next time round, and this was an easy win for the Home Secretary.

It cheered her back-benchers, infuriated Labour and depicted her as someone who will not be brow-beaten by the White House.

The fact she had right on her side has almost been overlooked.

America insists on trying its own suspects for crimes said to have been committed within its borders – so why should Britain not be allowed the same privilege?