The Home Secretary is set to receive a petition from the Conservative Muslim Forum opposing the Government’s plans to extend detention without charge. Several members of the Conservative Muslim Forum presented the petition to the Shadow Home Secretary, David Davis, who is now passing it to the Home Secretary.
The Conservatives oppose any extension of the current 28 day limit. The petition has been signed by over twelve hundred people to demonstrate their opposition to the Government’s plans to extend the period for which terrorism suspects can be held without charge.
Lord Sheikh, chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum, said:
“All citizens, regardless of religion or ethnic origin, are threatened by terrorism. However, we will not defeat terrorism by legislation which takes away liberties that Briton’s have enjoyed for centuries. Instead, citizens must be encouraged to do everything possible to assist the police in their task of protecting our people.”
David Davis receiving the petition said:
“The Government is fixated with extending detention without trial without a shred of evidence regarding the need, even though it will cut off vital cooperation from local communities. There are already emergency powers to deal with the nightmare scenarios Ministers keep speculating about.”